This week I have a really fun Nature Make that will give your little ones a work out as well as some creative stimulation! You will need some big sticks or pieces of bark for this one, the more textured, the better. The ones we found had lots of lovely yellow lichen which added to the colourful result!
All you need to do is get some regular chalk, bash it to a powder with a pestle and mortar then add some water to give a thick, textured paint. Paint it onto your sticks and there you have it! This one is really easy and you can pretty much sit back and let them get on with it.
For best results, use a stone pestle and mortar. This might need a few washes afterwards to get all the chalk out!
The chalk paint will last for a few days if you cover it up and you can add more water if it gets a little dry. Display the painted sticks in the garden (the colour will slowly fade as the rain washes it away), or pop them in a vase or jar.
Ava and I had great fun with this one. She was up on her feet and moving around lots and she really seemed to enjoy the process of changing the chalk from a solid to a powder and then a liquid. There was lots of sensory experience, observation and learning involved.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
If you have a go at this activity with your little ones then do share over on Instagram using#NatureMakesMondays.