A creative man (individual) is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. -Ayn Rand
Chalk paint is wonderful for young children. Here’s why:
-Children gain a sense of pride and competency by making their own paint
-Little bits of chalk that might have been tossed away can be used so we can model for children ways to reuse items
What are some more reasons this experience is valuable for children?
-there is an opportunity to transform the material and use it in a new way
-there is an opportunity to develop a sense of pride in the art project
-there is an opportunity to sort the powder according to colors
-as the children try out different methods of crushing the chalk they can learn from one another
-painting can be a way of making a child’s thinking visible to others
-this is a great example of learning through play
You can read more about learning through play by checking out B.C.’s Early Learning Framework.
Here’s how we made the paint:
-Use spoons to crush small pieces of chalk into powder. If you have a mortar and pestle that would work well for crushing too. Or try putting the pieces into a freezer bag and crushing them with a small hammer. See if the children have other ideas for how to crush the chalk. Add a little water, mix it up and…. ta-da! You have chalk paint. It’s that simple.
What other materials can children use to make paint?