It has been so cold here. We have been cooped up inside for most of the winter, aside from the few snow painting activities we did to brighten the snow. Although we have been having a lot of fun with our sensory play and science experiments, we needed some fresh air. So, when the first day the snow melted we couldn’t wait to try some sidewalk chalk art. I never imagined we would be stomping the winter snow into bright spring puddles.
Like I said, it has been so cold and we were all itching to get outside the minute it got above “frigid”. Last week, we finally go to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, even if it was just for one day before the snow returned. It was the first time all winter we had even seen the sidewalk.
So, naturally, we got out the sidewalk chalk to make some creations. At first we just made lines and shapes and we even started making rainbows.
We figured out that if you dip the sidewalk chalk into the puddles, you get a rich painted effect. I absolutely loved this rainbow Bones (age 6) made.
With just a flick of our hands, we magically turned our rainbow into an art-piece. Bones discovered that shallow puddles allow you to mix and blend the colors together.
That is when it happened. The unexpected. The unplanned. The process…
Come play with me. Come stomp out winter!
Bones looked at me and then looked at the chalk. Hesitantly, he waited, as if to say “Can I do it?” I nodded and the fun began.
It was so cathartic. Broken chalk piece after broken chalk piece was sacrificed, all in the name of Spring. The boys played with this repeatedly. They were having so much fun, they even caught the attention of the neighbor (10 years old) who just had to join in the fun.
“Woah! How cool! Look, you can make footprints in the snow”
“What would happen if we stomp these two colors together?”
“This is so neat”
They stomped, they squooshed, they mixed.
They laughed, they played, they they created.
Who knew a little outside time was going to turn into such an adventure in art? Who knew we would explore color, mixing, and process art all on one “Spring” day?
I bet we will use this technique as it actually warms up. This is something we can use throughout the summer and into the fall. All we need is some sidewalk chalk and some puddles.
When is the last time you surprised yourself outside? What is your favorite activity to get into the Spring spirit?
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