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Celebrate Three Kings Day with a silhouette painting of the wise men. Create a beautiful night sky with Crayola® Watercolor Paints and salt.


1. Three Kings Day is on January 6 and is widely celebrated in the Hispanic culture.

2. On a piece of Crayola Marker & Watercolor paper, paint an evening sky with blue and purple Crayola Watercolor paints and brushes. Paint a brown strip of land at the bottom.

3. Sprinkle salt on the picture to resemble stars in the sky while the paint in still wet. Set aside the painting with the salt on it until it dries.

4. Cut out pictures of the three wise men and a camel with Crayola Scissors and trace onto a piece of black construction paper. Cut out the black silhouettes of the three wise men and a camel. Younger children may need adult assistance with this step.

5. When the watercolor painting is dry, carefully brush off the excess salt from the paper.

6. Place the black silhouettes on the painted paper and glue in place with a Crayola Glue Stick.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Students compare and contrast the traditions of how the Epiphany is celebrated in different cultures.
  • Students gather information about the science of astronomy and the characteristics of stars. Research and create celestial art.
  • Special needs students will need help tracing and cutting silhouettes.
  • Assessment: Students accurately produce a silhouette against a watercolor background.

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crayola supplies
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Marker & Watercolor Pad
  • Washable Watercolors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • painting shirt
  • salt



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Language Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students understand the meaning and origins of a silhouette.

  • Students research the history and techniques of watercolor painting.

  • Students gather information about the meaning of Three Kings Day.


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