Toddler Chalk Activity

6 Feb

It’s not necessarily hard for me to find things to entertain my toddler, but it is hard for me to keep finding things that will entertain her. She’s like her dad, in that, once you’ve done it it’s time to find something bigger and better to attempt. This past week we visited our local library for a Literacy Program. It is actually a really great program they offer for free for 18 months- 4 years. My only beef with it is that they have 2 scheduled times, 11 am and 2 pm, each 2 hours long. Right around naps and lunch… hopefully you see my point. The program basically goes like this: Drop the kids off with a certified staff member, they play while the parents sit in a discussion about Social and Emotional Development. After an hour of discussion, you join your child for story time and a corresponding themed craft. The craft/activity we did there was pretty exciting for her, and yet sooo simple.
What you’ll need:
Black Construction Paper
Colored Chalk
Aerosol Hair Spray

Toddler Chalk Activity

(ok seriously, she was so mad at me for embarrassing her with pictures. Since when do 18 month olds get embarrassed by their mother? I swear my child is a mini teenager)

Give your child a black sheet of construction paper
Toddler Chalk Activity

And then some colored chalk…. if your toddler is older, you can teach them how to smug the chalk and such. I probably could have taught Joee that, but she was so cross with me for having the camera out that I was lucky just be breathing in her presence.

Toddler Chalk Activity
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After your child has created the masterpiece, take your hair spray and quickly spray your construction paper. This will hold the chalk in place and prevent any unwanted smears from happening.
See? So easy. So simple. So entertaining.
Our library staff first read a book about going outer-space, and the goal was to draw a picture of space (stars, moon, etc). If you squint, you can see my daughter’s drawing actually really is outer-space. Lol. JK.

4 Responses to “Toddler Chalk Activity”

  1. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy February 14, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    I love the tip of using spray paint holding the chalk! I need to do this one of my son’s drawings on the fridge right now! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  2. Aimee - February 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I totally had forgotten that tip…Thanks for the reminder and for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!! XO, Aimee

  3. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear February 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Great tip about the hair spray. So glad that you linked this to Things I’ve Done Thursday~

  4. Rebekah March 26, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    Lovely activity for a toddler! Sometimes I forget that chalk can be used on paper too. =)

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