It’s week three of the Creative Kid Table! Did your kids enjoy creating with googly eyes and toilet paper rolls? How about playing with LEGO in a new way? This week I have a new twist on an old favorite. CHALK!
I don’t know about you but I forget to include chalk as an inside art activity. We use sidewalk chalk outside, but this is different. Connecting the chalk to paper, using smaller pieces, adding ways to experiment. It will really be a completely different experience.
Creative Kid Table Week 3: Creating with chalk
For today’s Creative Kid Table I’m going to offer you two different play ideas. Pick one that appeals to you, do one today and one tomorrow or mix them together for even more creative fun.
- Place small (crayon sized) chalk in a cup next to a piece of black paper.
- On a cookie sheet place bowls of water and sidewalk chalk.
Tips for successful creative play:
- Try not to worry too much about how they use the chalk. It’s not going to stain anything, it can be vacuumed up and it’s pretty cheap to replace if pieces get broken.
- I’ve heard that spraying hairspray over the completed artwork will “set” the chalk. I think we’ll just keep this one a process driven activity and not worry too much about saving this piece of art.
Questions and Statements to get your kids started:
- “Find something in the room to include in your chalk drawing.”
- “What happens when you turn the chalk on it’s side, does it change the marking?”
- “Try soaking the chalk before drawing. What do you notice?”
- “How does the chalk feel before it goes into the water? How does it feel when it comes out of the water?”