Welcome to another Playful Preschool Wednesday post, where a group of mothers and educators share some free hands on learning activities. Last week we shared our top 10 fun things to do with preschoolers during the summer and this week we are exploring chalk.
My girls have been playing with chalk a lot lately and recently I had to make a change from our chalk sticks. I decided that we would play with some Chalk Paint this week. I tend to like our chalk paint on the thicker side but we don’t like using just cornstarch to make ours cause we end up with a sort of obleck. So we ended up using some baking soda also to combat that oobleck that we get. Great science for the girls to work on.
The girls had fun measuring and mixing then they had even more fun by trying out their chalk paints to see which one was the better one. For this activity we used..
- Measuring glass (liquid measuring cup)
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups (dry good measuring cups)
- Popsicle sticks or whatever you want to use for mixing
- Baking soda
- Food coloring or tempera paint (we used tempera paint)
Use these given ingredients to make some chalk paint.
I had three girls with me this time so we got three kinds of chalk paint. One I gave a little more assistance with and it’s the paint that I like the most. My preschooler made one and my toddler made her own. After we were done making our chalk paints it was time to take them outside to see which one we liked the most.
Some of the points that we were looking for were
- Ease of use
- Color lasting
- Color vibrancy
In the end my niece and mine chalk paint was the winner of the three. I knew it would be cause I’m something like a chalk paint making pro. It was thick and vibrant and the color lasted through the night.
The problems that we had with the others were that one was thin and runny so the color we couldn’t even see after it dried. The other one was kind of thick but it was not as vibrant
UPDATE: This mess will not wash off. We now have orange colored stairs!
Visit the links below for more great chalk ideas from the #playfulpreschool team!
Chalk Letter Writing from Learning 2 Walk
Alphabet Activities: Chalk Road by Growing Book by Book
Chalk Painting Letters from Mom Inspired Life
Chalk Dust and Feather Writing: Learning Names in Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox
Setting-up for Summer Learning with Chalks from Rainy Day Mum
Bubbling Chalk: Science Experiment by Capri +3
Chalk Paint from Tiny Tots Adventure
Chalk Shadow Drawings by Still Playing School