Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homemade Chalk

Our take on homemade chalk...

Ingredients:
Plaster of Paris
Water
Icing Coloring
Bowls
Spoons
Molds of your choice
Cooking Spray

1. Mix the plaster and water together. 2 parts plaster to 1 part water. For each bowl, we mixed 1/2 cup of plaster with 1/4 cup of water. You don't want it chunky but not too watery either!

2. Next, we mixed in the icing coloring (we used this because it is more concentrated and won't water down the plaster mixture). I have read that Tempera Paint works well or you could even try food coloring. Keep adding the coloring until you get the desired brightness that you and your toddler like!
3. Spray your molds with cooking spray and pour in the plaster mixture! We used this heart ice cube tray and...

...this flower mold that I actually bought to make white chocolate covered pretzel sticks. Both molds worked great!


4. Let them dry over night!

Chalk is wonderful to help our little ones develop so many skills! Have them practice writing letters, numbers or shapes. Draw shapes for them and have them jump from shape to shape. Play hopscotch or four square. Have them simply create their own drawings!


Here are some of the Teach Your Tot themes with activities that include chalk:














If you have already done some of these activities with your toddlers, don't worry..do them again! Remember repetition is GREAT for our little ones!

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