Our names in watercolor

A child’s name is very special and this simple watercolor activity turned out to be a fun and colorful way for our students to focus on the letters in their name…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

To prepare for this activity, I printed each child’s name on a large piece of white paper with hot glue. The table was set up with liquid watercolor, small paint brushes, and the children’s names…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

We spent a few minutes talking about our names and then feeling our names on the paper. Then each child was invited to find their own name in the stack of papers and then explore the watercolor painting process on their own…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

In my mind, I thought the children would paint around the lines or fill in the white spaces of the paper but most of the children chose to paint directly on their names – almost as if they were tracing their names…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

The liquid watercolor tends to roll right off of the hot glue and drip down into the paper leaving the children’s names standing out in the middle of all those beautiful paint colors…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

Each child’s name was transformed into a dazzling piece of artwork…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-04-29T14:00:37+00:00April 29th, 2013|

About the Author:

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. Amanda Mason April 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I will definitely be doing this with my preschoolers. Thank you so much 🙂

  2. Amy Porter April 30, 2013 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Fantastic!! Wow…what great idea.
    Thank you so much.

  3. MADRID April 30, 2013 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Hello Deborah,

    I asked you a two questions but you didn´t answered…
    I don´t know if that is because my horrible english or that you prefer not to answered such kind of things in your blog.

    Just for case that was because of may english I´m triying again…

    Which book do you believe is most useful for parents? “Mind in the making”, “brain rules”, “Easy to love but difficult to disciline”?
    Is any other that you would recomend rather than the ones I quote?

    Thank you for your time.
    I hope not bother you with this questions. It´s just that for me your opinion is very important.

  4. Cindy April 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Love this idea as well as the recycling/sorting idea from a week or so ago. My preschool classes loved the recycling and asked for it to be kept out the whole week. Where did you find the paint trays?

  5. Janet T. May 1, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I’ve love this idea and I’m offering this variation. We have warming trays at school. These are flat surfaced electric trays used to keep food warm. They were popular in the 70’s and are still readily available at thrift shops in our area. A white crayon on white construction paper would make a great image with a wider smoother line. I’m going to try it today. If you would like, I’ll let you know how it goes. Once again, I’m so pleased to be part of your blog community. It’s a great support for my curriculum.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      I would love to know how it goes Janet!

    • Janet T. May 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      I did the warming tray with white crayons yesterday and the children just loved it. They called it the Discovery Painting, and wanted seconds and thirds. Next time I think I’ll have the warming trays set up so they can do both parts for themselves. If you’d like a photo, Deborah, just let me know.

  6. Lauralee May 1, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Such a neat idea. Thanks!

  7. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom May 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    This is such a lovely idea! So colourful and inviting!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Cindy July 24, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I like your stuff. I teach preschool too. What are the trays you are using for the watercolor, and where did you get them? Thanks for sharing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 26, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Hi Cindy,
      These are actually soap dishes that I bought at a local store in the bath supply section. They are plastic and I love them because they are clear and easy to clean up when we are done!

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