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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Simple Summer Fun: Sidewalk Chalk

Yes, that is my "baby" thinking about eating the chalk.

Sidewalk chalk has got to be one of the best inventions for outside play. It builds fine motor skills and works on the creative side of the brain. You can also use sidewalk chalk as time to practice writing letters, numbers, or names. I have spent many summer days outside drawing things with my children.

One day, my son and his friends drew a map on the patio. They would consult their map as they went on their adventure.

As a two year old, Kaitlyn drew literally hundreds of "O's." She had just learned how and was definitely obsessed.

You can leave special messages for Daddy or visitors to your home.

You can draw pictures and smooth the chalk out to make a more pastel look.

You can dip your chalk in water to change the texture of the chalk (that is the way McKenna prefers to eat it...which is not a recommended activity to do with chalk :) ). One thing to know is that when you do this, the chalk will not wash away as easily as it does when you draw it dry.

So go out and draw with sidewalk chalk and check off in your mind your learning activity for the day. Wasn't that fun and easy?

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