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Monday, 25 March 2013

Crushed Chalk Art

This creative activity is really simple, lots of fun and has beautiful outcomes. Any age child can do this and it also makes for a good collaborative project between a couple of children, or parent and child.
You will need paper or card, coloured chalk and white squeeze-y glue. 
 
Crush your chalk by putting in a food bag or similar and have your child jump on it, hitting with a toy hammer or rolling pin will do the trick too! 
You will need paper or card, squeezy white glue and some coloured chalk or pastels. What kid doesn't love squeezing stuff? Let them squeeze the glue out onto the paper in a pattern (intentional or not), big blobs are fine too. :)
Then start sprinkling the chalk on to the glue. Pinching and sprinkling is a lovely fine motor activity for developing coordination and the pincer grip. 
Sprinkle the chalk liberally on the glue.  Doesn't it look so pretty? 
Keep sprinkling until as much as the glue is covered as possible. Encourage your child to crumble any chunks of chalk over remaining bits of glue. Another good fine motor activity.
At this stage you have a wonderful sensory creation which looks and feels lovely! 
Next you need to either blow or tip away the remaining chalk which can be stored and used again in another activity. Hang and leave to dry... 
And you will be left with a beautiful colourful picture. Simple and lovely.

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