I love sharing the super simple art activities we do. Chalk Nature Painting with wet and dry chalk requires two things and it’s so much fun for kids. This was a very popular activity for a long time in the Reggio inspired preschool I teach at. If you have young children, I highly recommend you try it.
jumbo sidewalk chalk (check out your local dollar store too)
a tree branch (rocks work great too)
All you need is a sizable tree branch, like you see in the pics, and some jumbo sidewalk chalk, which you can find at most dollar stores. And some water.
I would recommend starting off with the dry chalk and let your kids rub it back and forth on the branch. Different textures and surfaces on the branch will offer different experiences with the chalk. Kids just love it.
After a little time with dry chalk painting (go as long as they seem engaged) offer a small bowl of water for dipping the chalk. Wet chalk will offer a whole new sensory experience that kids love even more. They will dip and dunk the chalk and paint paint paint all over the branch.
The results are pretty gorgeous as well and there are so many things you can do with the branches when they are done. For one, you can chalk paint them over and over again with new colors. Other ideas might be to make a mobile, or a teepee, or maybe a temporary sculpture.
This post is part of an ongoing nature series with 10 uber talented arts and crafts bloggers. We started here on The Craft Train with this gorgeous Leaf Mosaic Dreamcatcher by Kate. And then tomorrow click on over to Willowday to see how to make these beautiful flower crowns that I pretty much want to wear every waking moment.
Thanks for following along everyone. I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy this series! xo Meri