paint the walk with sidewalk chalk

today’s art activity was as simple as a summer morning. sidewalk chalk + toddler = instant fun. it’s one of those art supplies you can break out at almost any age, and make an ordinary sidewalk into something much more vibrant!

sidewalk chalk

sidewalk chalk

the thing is, our driveway is gravel, so we opted to decorate the stepping stones in our backyard. with a 2.5-year-old, you could create a hopscotch board and teach her about jumping into the squares (if you have a driveway or sidewalk) or draw circles in which your child can make faces or any other picture. ooooh, early childhood mandalas! [art therapists: drool here.]

little tagger

little tagger

i outlined a tree shape and N added apples into it. i drew a cloud and she made rain under it and lightening in the sky. we traced N’s foot and gwee’s (her grandmommy) foot, and then “painted” the toenails. sidewalk chalk is a lot of fun on a nice day, but i also enjoy drawing on wet concrete when it has just rained, as the chalks come out more vibrant and can create delightfully impressionistic images.

it feels almost too simple to blog about, but sidewalk chalk is one of the joys of childhood that should rightfully be documented. let this be a reminder that even the simplest things can entertain your kids and engage their imaginations.

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