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Hands-On Invisible Ink Activities: Learn Vowels, Consonants & Sight Words

by First Stage Publishing Company on 10/22/18

Fun activities involving invisible ink can help in learning to recognize differences between vowels and consonants and how they appear and sound in words.  Focusing on writing challenges involving vowel-consonant combinations helps to develop reading comprehension.  Reading will become less complex as words and sentences begin to have true meanings. Learn to know the fundamentals of vowel-consonant relationships and grasp the context of a whole paragraph! 

Use the following invisible ink activities to help your students understand the fundamentals of reading words and messages.

Materials: lemon juice or milk, small bowl, white or colored paper, paint brush, Q-tips, salt, crayons

1)  Choose lemon juice or milk. Squeeze out the lemon juice or pour the milk into a small bowl.  Either liquid will create the desired effect.  

2)  Next, have the student dip a Q-tip or paint brush into the “invisible ink” and write words on a white or color sheet of paper.

3)    a)  After writing with lemon juice, or milk, expose the paper to a heat source such as sunlight, a lamp bulb or iron lightly.  You will see the invisible writing become readable!

     b) Alternatively, write words with milk or lemon juice on paper and sprinkle with salt while still damp.  After a few minutes, rub a crayon over the salted paper to reveal the letters and messages.  

Vowel and Consonant Activities with Invisible Ink

      When studying the vowels have the student write the letters with milk or lemon juice.  Practice saying and writing the names of alphabet letters.  Once confident, focus on the the vowels, Aa, Ee, Ii, Oo, Uu and semi-vowels Yy, Ww.  Practice writing them multiple times and follow the instructions to reveal the invisible letters.

Once confident with the vowels, start by introducing consonants Bb, Cc, Kk and Dd.  This exercise follows the basic principles used in The First Stage Reader here consonants re introduced based on the amount of words able to be created with their vowel combinations.  Start with two and three letter vowel-consonant combinations, giving examples of how they are written, pronounced, and what they mean.

Some examples may include: 

Bb: bebeeBea, baybybyebuy, bow

                  (bee)                          (Bo’s bow)           

Cc (sounds like letter Kk): such as cake, cakes, cube, cubes, cat,   

   (cake)             (cat)

Cc (sounds like Ss): such as ice, ace, aces, etc.                               

         (ace/aces)                (ice)


       Practice writing, saying and reading using their own, parents, or family members names.   Write sentences using verbs such as “I bake ___,” “I see a ___,” “I can ___.”  ”Sue can __.”  Draw a picture of the word with invisible ink in the blank. 

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