The Wonders of Chalk Paint

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

-The process of crushing the chalk and making the paint contributes to children’s fine motor developmentIMG_2199

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?


2 thoughts on “The Wonders of Chalk Paint

  1. I did this with my son last term when we were learning about the Stone Age. He crushed the chalk between two rocks and painted using his fingers so that he could feel what it would be like to be a ‘caveman’. Lots of fun!


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