Friday, May 13, 2011

Chalk & Water Play

Chalk and Water
These two things are staples of our summer play.  
chalk itself is fun on it's own (as is water play), but combined with water, chalk takes on a different texture (soft and feathery), becomes MUCH brighter, and there are many different ways to experiment with it. L always plays with chalk longer when water is involved!


-Turn it to powder, like we have done HERE
with a cheese grater, mortar and pestle, or by smashing it with a rock. Experiment by adding different amounts of water to create a paste (great for body painting!) or thinner colored water to paint with.

-Create a water puddle first and then draw in the puddle

-Dip the chalk into the water and then draw

-Let the chalk sit in water for a while so it becomes soft. When you draw with it, it will have a very paint like texture and effect. My son loves to do this.

-Draw on a dry surface with chalk and then pour or paint water (with a paint brush) onto the drawing.

Check out THIS POST, by one of my favorite blogs, Filth Wizardry, for more chalk and water play inspiration!


  1. Such fun. We discovered chalk painting accidentally when J put his chalk in his paddling pool. And you're right, so much brighter. J also plays with it for so much longer when it is wet. He's not too interested in chalk otherwise now :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Outdoor Play. Hope to see you again next week.

  2. Oooo great idea! and esp for all those broken chunks of chalk i keep but don't know what to do with! haha

  3. What a wonderful way to paint! Thank you for linking up to Outside Play: Chalk!

  4. THANK YOU for this blog! I spent hours planning and pinning! We are going to have so much fun!


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