Outdoor Mark Making with Chalk

We have been working on our garden for the last few weeks. I have tried to set up activities for Sophie to do outside so we are not limited to just using nap times. We hung a chalkboard on the side of the shed for her to use but she couldn’t get to it while we built the decking so I left the chalks on the paving slabs for her to use.

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She enjoyed making marks on the slabs. This activity kept her focussed for a while which allowed us to continue marking and cutting wood while she was in the garden.

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In between marking and cutting the wood, I popped over to see what she was drawing and to have a go with her. We talked about different marks we could make e.g. lines, dots, zig zags. She seemed to prefer making lines with the chalk.

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I could tell she was using the red one as she says ‘brr, brr’ as she uses it because it snapped in half and broke.
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The chalk stayed on the paving slabs until we had a good downpour of rain. I am sure it would have washed off with the hose pipe but I didn’t mind having her pictures out there for a few days.

This activity is good for:

  • Moving and Handling – holding chalk with whole hand (palmar) grasp and making random marks with different strokes.
  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials  – experimenting with colours and marks

Anna

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