To make your own chalk you will need –
- Pottery Plaster or Plaster of Paris
- Tempura powdered paint (food colouring works too!)
- Silicon mould
- and children to get involved in the making process 😉
DIY Homemade multicoloured chalk
- Add 2 tbsp of water to a small bowl
- Add to that 3 tbsp of plaster powder
- Add 1/2 tsp tempura powdered paint (or 6 – 8 drops of food colouring)
- Mix well
- Add a few drops of water if mixture is too dry
Making the mixture just right
Once you have all the ingredients combined, be sure the mixture is thick enough not to fall off the spoon too easily (see above). If the mixture is too thin and like water then you’ll find you make chalk with a layers instead, which sounds cool too!
Putting the colours together
To ensure the colours appear throughout the chalk piece you’ll need to apply small blobs of coloured mixture to various areas in and around the mould (see above).
This can seem quite difficult when you are trying to work quickly so the plaster doesn’t set. Don’t get too worried but be sure to not delay during this process if you can.
Chalk mixture has been added to the moulds.
Once your moulds are almost full, add a final amount of the plaster that is quite runny. You achieve this by add another tbsp or two of water to the above recipe. Pour this over the top of your coloured blobs so to fill any ‘gaps’ between the colours and also strengthening your chalk when it comes to drawing.
Be sure to wait at least 12 hours before removing your homemade chalk pieces.
Of course there is also the option of making your own coloured chalk pieces, which is a lot easier.
Here is a picture of my nephew starting to draw a house using his multicoloured chalk piece. We both were so excited to watch the colours within the chalk pieces change and disappear.
What fun ideas do you have for playing with chalk?
Here are some more great ideas found on Laughing Kids Learn