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Chalk Fun

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book

Here are seven different activity ideas for chalk art. Try them all with your child.

There was a time that chalk was just for chalkboards and sidewalks. Now inexpensive chalk is available in a variety of colors and thicknesses, and you can use it creatively in many different art endeavors. The following ideas will help you use chalk in ways you may not have considered before.


  • Chalk
  • Paper
  • Hair spray (optional)
  • Water (optional)
  • Sponge (optional)
  • Liquid starch and/or buttermilk (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cotton balls (optional)


  1. Draw with chalk on a piece of plain paper or construction paper. Spray with hair spray to set the chalk.
  2. Wet your paper with a damp sponge and draw on the wet paper with chalk.
  3. Paint a piece of paper with liquid starch. While it's still wet, make designs with colored chalk.
  4. Brush buttermilk over the surface of your paper, then use chalk to draw on it.