Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
It's no secret that kids love to do art. Now they can learn a new kind painting (well it's actually not very NEW at all!) In prehistoric times, the cavemen used pictographs (symbols that stand for words) to communicate and express beliefs. Ancient pictographs are found in caves and on overhangs of rock around the world. These symbol paintings were the basis of hieroglyphics and other written symbol languages and they're easy for young cave dwellers (or even house dwellers) to do!
This activity encourages the prehistoric urge to mark our surroundings with images and ideas. It also teaches kids how to make their own chalk, which rinses off sidewalks easily!
What You Need:
- 1 cup warm water
- About 1 1/2 - 2 cups Plaster of Paris (dry)
- Powdered or liquid tempera paints
- Disposable plastic containers ( yogurt, margarine or cottage cheese containers)
- Large plastic spoon or chopstick for stirring
- Molds for the chalk (use small paper cups, egg cartons, small yogurt containers, duct tape or toilet paper rolls)