while perusing this book from the library, leif and eric noticed that the illustrations looked like watercolor. a closer look (above) reminded me of crayon resist, and so we decided to give it a try at art group. as a side note, the title bothered me a bit, and i even considered pasting the word "different" over it before reading it to the kids. censorship didn't seem like a good answer, either, so instead, i opted to talk it over with the kids at group that morning. we talked about why the other dinosaurs might have called archie "ugly", how that might have made him feel, and some of the other ways they could have described their observations of their different little friend. it was a nice little chat, i think, and dovetailed right in with appreciating art, however "different" it may be. ;-)
the crayon doesn't show up too well in these photos. although white has the most dramatic effect (it's a "secret" that doesn't show up until you watercolor over it), the kids were definitely drawn more to the colored crayons. i even got to try this one but neglected to take any pictures... this is an oldie but goodie, and one we do a lot at home. a google search of "crayon resist" yields all kinds of cool projects to do with this technique...loads of fun things to try!