There is absolutely no doubt in saying that kids love chalk. From the minute they pick up the fun coloured drawing equipment it stimulates their imagination and opens up a world of creativity, wonder and play. Creating with chalk is an activity that has no mental or physical boundaries. The world is the canvas for your child to enjoy decorating with their pictures, letters and numbers. Playing with chalk on a sidewalk, wall or easel can benefit your child therapeutically, kinaesthetically, interactively, and psychologically.
Enhance your child’s love for learning and being creative with this fun DIY activity. While making the chalk with your child you can teach them about the science of liquids and solids and how Plaster of Paris changes from a powder to a liquid once you mix water and then to a solid once the plaster sets. You can also teach them about colours and how you can mix certain primary colours together to create secondary and tertiary colours. Your child will love making their very own chalk to then play with after.
What you will need
1/2 Cup + 3 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris
1/3 Cup of water
A couple of drops of food colouring
Silicone ice block mould
Wooden ice block sticks
Plastic cups and spoons
This recipe is set to make one colour. Repeat this recipe to make additional colours.
- Place on a bench one plastic cup for each colour of chalk mixture that you want to make.
- Mix the Plaster of Paris with the water in one of the plastic cups until it forms a smooth paste.
- Add in a few drops of food colouring until you have made your desired colour.
- Spoon the mixture into the moulds and then stick a wooden ice block stick into the centre of the plaster mixture immediately.
- Repeat this process until you have made all of the colours that you want.
- Wait one hour and test to see if the plaster has set. To be absolutely sure you can leave it overnight.
- Once set pop them out of from the moulds.