Beautiful weather means more time outside! Why not bring art time outside with you? Sidewalk chalk (affiliate link) activities strengthen fingers, provide a creative outlet and encourage children to explore colors. In this post, I’ll share 3 ways to make sidewalk chalk fun and exciting.
With fall coming, it’s getting to be pumpkin time. Each year I find a few pumpkins for my daycare kids to explore. Recently, we tried a new art activity that involved pumpkin “painting” and washing.
I set out a smallish pumpkin, some sidewalk chalk a bucket of water to wet the chalk. The kids immediately began decorating the pumpkin, deliberately trying to cover every inch with the wet chalk.
Once it was all covered, one of the kids shouted, “Let’s wash it off!” For the next 20 minutes or so, the kids painted and washed the pumpkin over and over.
It took a lot of cooperation and some problem solving to figure out how to keep the pumpkin sturdy in the pan while it was painted and washed.
During the process, we talked about the colors and the properties of wet vs dry chalk. I think this would be a fun activity to do for Halloween as well!
Painting the House
After the kids were done with the pumpkin, they moved on to painting the playhouse – and eventually the Little Tikes car (affiliate link).
Dramatic play entered the scene as they became house painters, car washers and decorators. The water makes the chalk a little more messy, but also makes it extra fun!
Have some outdoor trains? Use your sidewalk chalk to create a railway! We did this activity recently and it was great fun. We added a station and some “short cuts”. Next time, I’ll make a bigger version around the whole patio.
Older kids may enjoy drawing the railway themselves. Younger children may have ideas of what to add to your scene. This would work well with cars or boats, too.
Easy Clean Up
I set a few rules with the chalk to keep it easy to clean up. I let the kids know ahead of time that the patio, all the toys and the kids furniture are fine to color. Only the “big house” and the fence are off limits.
Sometimes I have to remind them that I’m off limits, but they are welcome to color their own hands and arms.
When we’re all done, the kids help to wash off the toys and furniture. Some wipes and the garden hose make the rest easy.