Tactile experiences for children — like sidewalk chalk art — support brain development through self-expression, hands-on visual and motor skill involvement, and creativity. Plus, when done with family and playmates, it’s a great way to share positive social emotional exchanges.
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- a sidewalk
- water (either in a cup or spray bottle)
- a brush of some kind
Here’s a few ideas of what you do:
- Create a design on the sidewalk with tape and then color in each section – like this:
- Make a fantastical “piece” of art straight onto the sidewalk like this:
- Create a fun background scene so when you or another person lays on the sidewalk you can put them in a silly scene like this:
For the little ones
Adult crush up a piece of chalk and “dust” the sidewalk and then get their hands wet with water and let them smear it around similar to fingerpainting. They can add rock,sticks, or flowers and other design objects to their “picture” after it dries. Or draw on the sidewalk and let them sprinkle water and then fingerpaint
For the older kids
Start with primary colors, red, yellow, and blue and then create a color wheel and then sprinkle water between the colors to start blending the colors. Use a wet paintbrush, wet cloth, or your fingers.
“The Why” behind the Challenge:
Tactile experiences for children support brain development through self expression, hands on visual and motor skill involvement, creativity, and when done with family and playmates a way to share positive social emotional exchanges.
Check out these books for more fun!
Chalk by Bill Thomson
The Case of the Missing Chalk Drawings by Richard Byrne
Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up by Herman Parish
Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games by Jamie Kyle McGillian