Fun with Chalk

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

This activity describes six different chalk art techniques that will inspire your child.


Chalk is no longer just for chalkboards and sidewalks. Today chalk is affordable and widely available in a variety of colors and sizes. Encourage your child to use chalk in the creative ways described below.

Materials

  • Colored chalk
  • Water, liquid starch, or buttermilk
  • Hair spray
  • Sugar
  • Paper
  • Sponge Cotton ball
  • Paintbrush

Directions

  1. Have your child draw with chalk on a sheet of paper. Spray the drawing with hair spray to set the chalk.
  2. Use a sponge or paintbrush to paint a sheet of paper with water, liquid starch, or buttermilk. Let your child draw on the wet paper with colored chalk.
  3. Have your child make a chalk rubbing by placing a sheet of paper on a textured surface and rubbing chalk over the paper.
  4. Let your child draw on a window with wet chalk.
  5. Soak chalk in a mixture of one cup of water and one-third cup of sugar for ten minutes. Let your child draw on paper with the wet chalk, then smudge the drawing with a cotton ball.
  6. Have your child draw on a damp sponge with chalk. Press the sponge on paper to print the design.

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