Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Painting Sidewalk Chalk

My daughter has been loving sidewalk chalk this Spring! I can just let her color on the front steps, and watch her through the glass door. When I give her chalk, I also give her a bowl of water and a paintbrush. She loves to paint over the chalk, and it's a lot of fun to mix the colors!

Keeping with our caterpillar theme this week, we painted the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

He ate through 1 red apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, and 5 oranges!

I especially love the oranges, and pears. Even I had fun mixing the colors with water! We even had help from my littlest artist :-)

He also ate through one ice cream, one lollipop, one slice of watermelon, one pickle, and one slice of cherry pie!

Sometimes it's easier for kids if you give them something specific to draw. I brought the book out with us and let them look at the pages while we worked. We all worked together and had a blast! Adding water to the sidewalk chalk really does make the project more fun for us!

Here's my brother's version of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

It just occurred to me that you guys probably didn't know I had a really little brother! Lol! I love how he made the fuzz look more furry by not painting it with the water :-) Also, encourage your kids to draw into the wet sidewalk with the chalk to add details! They're still working on the butterfly at the end.

What do your kids love to do outside in the Spring?


Kelli said...

WOW!! I am SUPER impressed with your sidewalk chalk skills! Your drawings look like fine art compared to the sad stick people that I draw!

Michelle Sybert said...

Congratulations on being featured over at ABC/123...your caterpillar snack is very feature worthy!

Rebekah said...

I've never thought of using water to blend chalks! My daughter would love that.

That Girl said...

I love how you have a themed thing going on....from the lunch to the activity.

Xazmin said...

We LOVE sidewalk chalk. Sometimes I'm still coloring after the kids lose interest and take off to do something else!

I'm definitely doing the water trick next time!

Kathie said...

Great idea with the water and paint brush. I will have to try that when DD is a bit older. She LOVES sidewalk chalk right now though =)

P.S. I might have left you a little bloggy award over at my blog. ;)

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Holy creative! I never thought about having the kids paint water over the chalk. Sounds like a plan we'll definitely try out!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Oh, and I meant to say that I love all of the drawings from the book...they look so real!

Jen said...

Lovin' It! Gotta love the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I gave a spelling pretest with sidewalk chalk today. Too nice outside to be indoors. I taught math outside today, too- measurement.
Hope you are doing well. I've been out of town- no blogging and then lots of morning sickness. Ugh!

Creative and Curious Kids!

E and T said...


I have been clicking my way through the blogoshpere and saw your ingenious Hungry Caterpillar muffin tray. We love this book in our house and I think your creative meal idea was awesome.

We love sidewalk chalk here as well, although I can't boast any master pieces like yours. Your chalk drawings are amazing.


School for Us said...

Love your drawings/paintings!!! My daughter hasn't used chalk in awhile, but this looks like fun! We'll have to buy some and get out our paint brushes!