Okay, okay, I think I am breaking some blogging rule here. This time of year, I should be writing about apples and leaves and pumpkins and skeletons, but I live in Texas. We don’t go outside in the summer–it’s too hot! We go outside in October. This activity is a summer activity for you guys in the North and a Fall/Spring activity when you live in
hell the South.
Over the weekend, my girls were outside playing with the water table. I was inside, because it is still too hot for me to be out there when I could be inside in the sweet, sweet air conditioning. I went out to check on them, and they had broken out the sidewalk chalk and the hose. They came up with this activity completely on their own, and it was so cool!
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They had the water running over the concrete at the same time as they were drawing.
Side Note: I’ve always preferred to wet my chalk before using it. The colors are bolder, and there is way less dust flying around. As an art teacher, 20 kids with dusty chalk in an enclosed space? No thank you. (Another art teacher tip: draw with chalk on black paper, and then spray it lightly with a water bottle when done to remove all the dusty smears.)
My daughter, Yoshi, figured out that you could draw with one color and then draw another color right on top. The water from the hose running off of the chalk would change to the new mixed color while the chalk on the ground remained the original colors. It was so cool and almost magical! The girls were super excited about it, and I was excited about the learning plus the sensory benefits of the rough concrete, chalk, and water for my SPD girl.
I only got photos of the blue and red to make purple, but we also tried it with blue and yellow to make green. Look at the purple water running off in the pics.
It was such a fun and accidental win!
What’s your favorite way to use sidewalk chalk?
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