When your children are starting to really lose the plot and you’re looking for a quick and simple activity then ask them to do some drawing with wet chalk! Your children will think you come up with the best ideas and you might even have time for a coffee as they play!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the school holidays, but there really does come a point when your children become a little over each others company, they start complaining of boredom or your playing peace-keeper more times that you have the energy for.
This happens to me and a few days into school holidays. I always have a list of simple activities for them to do but once they’ve exhausted those I have to think quick. With the materials easily on hand, I have found that getting them to try drawing with wet chalk adds an interesting element to their play. It also gets them outdoors. YAY!
Recommended ages: 2 years +
(Strict and active supervision required)
Drawing with wet chalk
- Bowl of water
- Safe space outside for drawing
Simply instruct your child to dip the end of the chalk into the water and draw whatever they like!
Boo (3 years old) and Possum (aged 6 years) both had lots of fun with this activity. It’s certainly an activity that children of all ages can enjoy.
They especially like to experimenting and comparing the chalk when it was and wasn’t wet.
Boo especially loved mixing the wet chalk together and seeing how the chalk colours changed.
She also loved how tacky the texture of the chalk became when it was wet. Yes, of course she couldn’t help but get her fingers in and do a little bit of finger painting too, hence the cloth nearby.
Both girls were keen to experiment further and include more tools, like a small and wide paint brush.
Having wet the chalk it certainly did stay on the ground for a longer period of time than it would have with the chalk going on dry. I chose to have the girls paint with wet chalk in a location that it wasn’t going to be a eyesore if it was to remain on the ground for a week or more. Of course it could be pressure washes away if need be.
Once the play time ended, the girls had done what they wanted, cleaning up all the materials was a cinch. Left behind was a wonderful talking point for our friends and neighbours.
Would your child love to try drawing with wet chalk?
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