Make Something Monday: Chalk Dust Art

This is a post straight from my children's art blog
Recently we were playing with sidewalk chalk and I noticed
it  sure does make a lot of dust,
we should play with the dust.
So that's exactly what we did!
I decided to turn this into a color mixing activity as well as a shape activity
Start with the 3 primary colors
make sure you press really hard,
you WANT to make dust,
layer another color on top.
You know
...red and yellow...
...red and blue...
...blue and yellow...
I set out plastic forks, spoons and knives
 for the girls to play with.
Forks made lovely lines in the dust,
just like a zen garden
Charlotte's tool of choice was a plastic Play-Doh knife
You can make whatever designs you like
just rake them out and start over again!
The red and yellow weren't mixing well enough in my opinion,
 so I added more yellow
The more you play with the dust,
 the better it mixes together
We experimented with making prints in the raked dust
it makes a really neat 3-dimensional effect
I knew it was time to begin cleaning up when the girls started smearing the chalk
all over themselves
Just wash it all away
The mixed colors really show up when water is added
and since the kids are already going to need a bath
let them splash around a little


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