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4 Creative Chalk Ideas for Kids

Summer has only just started but I'm sure some of you with school-age children are ready for it to be Fall already - Don't worry, your secret is safe with me. What better way to keep your kids busy and entertained than to have them get creative!

1) Puffy Paint

Make puffy sidewalk paint and use this to make a layered heart or any other fun design you are looking for. A quick and easy fun project for your kids to create.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon dish soap – just about any dish soap will work.

  • 5-10 drops food coloring or washable paint

Here's how you'll do it:

  • In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour and water until there are no lumps.

  • Stir in the dish soap to the flour mixture.

  • Add food coloring of your choice of color until the desired color is achieved.

  • Pour the mixture into your squeeze bottle.

  • Give the kids their new sidewalk paint and let them have fun!

  • Use up the paint on the same day you make it, this recipe doesn’t save well… it will explode if you leave it closed.

  • If you are going to let it dry after the kids are done painting with sidewalk chalk, then I suggest using the washable paint as it is easier to clean then using food coloring. If you are going to wash it soon after having the kids color with it then use the food coloring.

To clean the paint off your driveway or sidewalk, just grab the garden hose and spray they artwork off. If you let it dry it will be harder to remove and it might stain but the sun will remove any color left behind with time.

2) Puddle Painting

If you have rain or wet outdoors no fear, this is a fun way to use sidewalk chalk even in the wet conditions. This process painting is great for little ones who want to run around and get some of that cooped up energy out of their system.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A variety of sidewalk chalk colors

  • Fresh rain puddles - A sprinkler system would do the trick too.

Here's how you'll do it:

  • Break a your chalk into pieces. You can experiment with sizes but a variety of sizes will make for more variety in color.

  • Place a few chalk pieces in the puddles and as the chalk starts to dissolve in the water, you'll the puddle transform.

  • To get more of a tie-dye effect and to release those summer wiggles, stop around, dance, or whatever feels good!

Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting stained because this process can get really messy really quick!

3) Sidewalk Chalk Designs

Who wouldn't love a colorful entryway or driveway? This is such a fun way to get creative in a contented area and also brighten someone else's day who may see your artwork!

Here's what you'll need:

  • A variety of chalk colors

  • Time and patience :)

Here's how you'll do it:

  • Use the natural shapes in your sidewalk or walkway to create a fun pattern by coloring the surfaces of bricks, stones, etc.

  • If you don't have any building blocks to start with, use a white piece to divide up the area and create your own!

  • As a bonus try writing a message for the people who pass by.

It might take a little time but look at the end result, so creative!

4) Interactive Scenes

You can get a little goofy and bring some surreal scenes to life with this fun project! Brainstorm with your kids some scenes from their favorite book or movie and think about where they could fit in - The crazier the better!

Here's what you'll need:

  • A variety of chalk colors

  • Camera/Cellphone

  • Ladder - a Chair to stand on will work for this too

Here's how you'll do it:

  • Together create the scene you're going to be transformed into. Keep it simple. Your drawing abilities are not near as important as your willingness to be silly!

  • Place your child in the scene either by lying or sitting down within the chalk creation

  • Snap a picture from a raised perspective using your ladder or chair and voilà!

Use any of these ideas to let your kids have fun drawing lines, shapes, tell stories - anything get the outside and creating! Have fun!

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