Ghost writing in preschool

We tried a little ghost writing in our class. You can call a process that you do many times by a different name and add perhaps a different color of paint and suddenly the process is very new and interesting once again…

For each child, I placed a small amount of white tempera paint in a black Styrofoam tray. The children used cotton swabs to make their ghost writing on the black tray…

I also set out black construction paper for the children either to add some ghost writing on the paper…

Or they could make prints of their ghost writing on the trays…

Most of the children tried it both ways…

By repeating a process, the children get more proficient in the process. By modifying the process to reflect a new season, holiday, or other interest of the child – the children stay more interested in the process…

Here are some of our ghost writing prints that I saved and put on the wall..

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By |2011-10-21T06:00:57+00:00October 21st, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Little Wonders' Days October 21, 2011 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I love their pictures and how you displayed them on the wall!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Thank you:)

  2. Esther October 21, 2011 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Wow! just love it! my ghost obsessed girl will love it! The combination of black and white is just wonderful. We had done line arts using chalk on black construction paper to go along with book “In a Dark, Dark woods!”

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 10:06 am - Reply

      I need to find my copy of that book!

  3. Taleah October 21, 2011 at 11:17 am - Reply

    What type of paint do you use?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

      This is just white tempera paint.

  4. Heather @ Creative Family Moments October 21, 2011 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Love the title! Very fun yet simple idea that I never would’ve thought of! Sweet!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 11:53 am - Reply

      The kids like it better too when you give it a fun title:)

  5. Cat October 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    ok super fun. I think I need to try this! love your ideas!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you for all your comments Cat:)

  6. Jill October 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    LOVE THIS! such an awesome creative idea!! We will defintly will be doing this next week!!! Thanks for sharing! i just love this website and all the ideas!!! Its helped me sooo much!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      I am so glad you are enjoying my site Jill:)

  7. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree October 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    It is funny… I agree when adding a word like “ghost” it adds a whole dimension. AS an art teacher even 5th graders would start talking about ghost stories when we did “ghost” prints. (prints that are the lightest quality after printing many times) Silly kids!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Haha – I think even grown-ups enjoy a new little spin on familiar ideas.

  8. andiejaye October 22, 2011 at 1:31 am - Reply

    this looks so fun! i will have to try using q-tips. my son refuses to write in paint with his fingers ((but he’ll get down and dirty with shaving cream!)) we are going to be doing your egg-cracking painting (from that one newscast that this was in) next week!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 22, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Haha – you are? I haven’t done that in quite some time.

  9. Beth October 22, 2011 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Simple & cute ~ love it! Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to link up at

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 22, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

      I will stop by Beth!

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