Posts Tagged ‘chalk’

Glow-in-the-Dark Chalk

Monday, August 27th, 2012


For my daughter’s birthday, she received a kit of glow-in-the-dark chalk. It was super easy to make. All you had to do was shake the glow powder and chalk powder in a small container, add a small amount of water, and pour it into a mold. The box said that the chalk would harden in half an hour, but it was not hard whatsoever within that time frame. It was more like an hour, and even then, the chalk was sort of soft and had to be handled carefully to not crumble in your hands.

But it worked. The chalk (especially the yellow and green) glowed in the dark as my children drew pictures all over the driveway one night. It was super fun. The red and blue glowed a little bit, not nearly as much as the yellow and green. This is definitely an activity worth doing with your children, since my kids kept squealing with joy as we were adding more and more details to our glow-in-the-dark chalk masterpieces.

Sidewalk Chalk

Monday, June 25th, 2012


Have you taken your kids outside to color with sidewalk chalk? Last summer we bought some bright chalk at a craft supply store. I prefer bold colors rather than pastel colors. The kids and I walked down to the local school, which was empty for the summer. You have already paid for the school you never use with taxes from your property, so you might as well get some use out of what you’ve paid for. Most schools have a large cement area where kids play basketball or do other PE activities. This is your blank canvas.


First we all sat down and drew a white rectangle with the chalk. Each child sat in front of one rectangle, and they decided what scene they wanted to draw. I put the chalk right in the middle so all the kids could reach it.


My oldest son decided to draw a person, just to challenge himself. My second son drew a camping scene, while my third son drew an ocean scene with underwater sea creatures. My daughter drew a field with flowers on a sunny day, with a bird flying through the air.



The children colored in every area of the rectangle, with the exception of my oldest son. I was surprised at how beautiful all the pictures turned out, especially the chalk drawing of a person, which my son had never attempted with chalk before.