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by | Jun 1, 2020 | Drawing | 0 comments

Who’s Hiding in the Dark? This is a super fun drawing prompt and art invitation that is easy to set up and virtually mess free!

Who’s Hiding in the Dark Drawing Prompt


Black Paper
Googly Eyes
Glue Stick
Oil Pastels


  1. Glue a pair or pairs of Googly Eyes onto a piece of black paper.
  2. Ask your child who they think is hiding in the dark.
  3. Then have them draw their ideas using the Oil Pastels.

For substitutions and other variations on this activity, keep reading!

It’s been a couple of weeks since we have busted out some art supplies and with the gloomy weather we had last week my girls were looking for something to do inside. Unfortunately I had no ambition for setting up art supplies and needed something simple to keep to set out that would keep them busy and wouldn’t add a lot of clean up to my already overwhelming list of chores. This drawing prompt was the PERFECT solution!

All you need is some black paper, googly eyes or eye stickers and some oil pastels. Attach some eyes to the page and ask your kids who do you think is hiding in the dark? They can use the oil pastels (or try pencil crayons, gel pens, paint markers, anything that will show up on black paper) to draw who they see hiding in the dark.

My girls had so much fun coming up with new ideas and telling me all about who was hiding and why they were in the dark. Even my two-year-old who is still in the scribble phase of drawing had fun with this activity. Sometimes just providing a different colour of paper and drawing tool than what they are used it can make it a whole new experience.

My 4-year-old’s first drawing was a picture of daddy who was hiding in the closet for hide-n-seek. // Her second drawing was of a deer hiding in the dark woods just like in Snow White.

After that she drew the My Little Ponies all hiding in the Dark for Maud Pie’s Surprise Party.

Even though my two-year-old isn’t drawing a lot of shapes yet, she still had a lot of fun drawing with the oil pastels and telling me stories about who was in the dark.

The first photo shows all the colours painted onto a plain cotton tee at full strength. The second photo shows the same shirt washed on a warm/cold cycle with regular detergent. No pretreatment, stain remover or bleach was applied and already the colour stains are barely visible.

If you get some unwanted paint on clothing or fabric you should be able to remove it almost completely, especially if you add a stain remover of some kind to the process. My kids have a lot of stains on their clothes but none of them are from our art supplies. 😉

I am thankful we don’t have to worry about any allergies with our girls, but that is not the case for all parents. Serious allergies are stressful for both parents and children and should never prevent a child from experiencing the joy of art and creating.

Once the glue outline was completely dry I set out a sheet of hearts for each of my girls along with some paint brushes and liquid watercolours. You could also use watercolour paint pods that you buy in trays to create the same effect. This time I used the liquid watercolours because I wanted to specifically set out pinks and reds for Valentine's Day. I gave them 3 colours to paint with mixing our watercolours with a bit of water to give them a softer feel. Once they were dry we cut out our hearts which we will add to our valentine cards in the next few weeks!


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