Secret Spy Messages

My oldest son, C, inherited my husband's love for surprises. The two of them could play Hide and Seek for days. They both burst out in uncontrollable laughter every time the other person jumps out from behind a closed door. Maybe that's why C loves this secret message activity so much. With just a few quick sweeps of his paintbrush, he's able to solve a mystery and discover a hidden secret.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To keep the element of surprise alive, I used a white crayon to write C's secret messages when he's not around. I like to mix it up with silly pictures, love notes, jokes...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then I invite C to join me. He uses watercolor paints to brush over the card, revealing the secret message below.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Done!

    Voila! Mystery solved. C loves discovering the surprise and I love the simple prep and clean up. It's a win-win for everyone.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

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