Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wet Chalk Drawing

Both of my girls love chalk, and when it is wet the colours are even more vibrant. This activity is simple and creates minimal mess, but is a bit more fun than just drawing with pencils or crayons. Bubble used the sponge to wet the ends of her chalk and off she went, creating masterpiece after masterpiece. Apologies for the terrible photos, as usual I was using my mobile to take them :-)

* paper or card, the thicker the better
* small dish
* dampened sponge or face washer to fit inside dish (could also use paper towel layers or cotton wool etc...)
* chalk

Other ideas: try drawing on different coloured papers, chalk drawings on black card stand out even more. Wet chalk drawing is an activity you can do anywhere since it just washes off most surfaces (please note that chalk can often stain fabrics and porous surfaces though). You could even have a go at making your own sidewalk chalk by searching for recipes on the net. This one is simple and easy to follow:

3 tablespoons plaster of paris
2 tablespoons paint powder
1/4 cup water

Combine well and pour into a greased mould to set (you could use old film canisters, egg cups, chocolate moulds, the possibilities are endless). Allow chalk around 40 minutes-an hour to set.

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