This project was inspired by THIS ONE by Kathy Barbro over at Art Projects for Kids. I love that blog. So many really awesome ideas. After doing a trial project, I made some modifications to my original plan for this work. I'll describe those below. I have this project set up on my stationary work table as shown below.
Materials needed include: a damp sponge in holder for wiping the mat after painting, a jar with pencil for writing name on paper BEFORE painting, a little pan with two white crayons, a holder with precut rectangles of gray construction paper.........
(NOTE: I originally planned to use watercolor paper, but when I did my samples, the liquid watercolors seemed to get the paper too wet and I couldn't see the crayon lines very well through the paint. Also, drawing with a white crayon on white paper is virtually impossible to see and for young children I found that the gray paper showed the crayon much better.)
........a basket with a paint jar filled with Colorations Liquid Watercolor paint (watered down some).....
......I made up these little step-by-step drawing cards to post over the work area. From experience, I know that these will help my littlest ones be able to independently do this project and they will experience success which will make them SO PROUD!!
Here is a photo of my 5 year old drawing his snowflake. He was my project tester.
After drawing the snowflake, a watercolor wash is applied to the top of the paper.
Then the snowflake is placed on the drying rack to dry.