Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Chalking Good Time

Ever wonder what you're going to do with all that leftover black and brown construction paper? Chalk is the answer. It creates a neon effect on dark paper especially when combined with white paint. Button Boy was especially excited about the Chalk Dip in MaryAnn Kohl's book Preschool Art because he could paint and chalk at the same time. He was shocked that I would allow him to dip his chalk into his paint. Let's hope this does not start any bad habits.

The steps were simple. Dip a couple different colors of chalk in white tempura paint and let your child doodle to their heart's content on dark paper. We tried black and brown, but black seemed to work the best. We used Melissa and Doug chalk which has much more intense color than Crayola. We noticed that if you used the chalk like a stamp, you end up with a dot of color in each white circle. If you run the side of the chalk along the page you end up with a smudgy effect. Button Boy's completed page reminds me of fireworks in the night sky. I thought this craft would be really messy, but he remained relatively clean even without a smock.

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