I like new ideas and after 12 + years of activities with children, it seems like we’ve done a bit of everything. Except this one – Chalk Rocks Sensory and Art was new to us all and fun!
First, I offered each child a tray with a paper bowl, small amount of water, chalk, and three rocks each.
They explored all the materials, getting the rocks wet, wetting the chalk, coloring on the bowls and coloring on the rocks. One 4-year-old said, “When I get the chalk wet, it’s like paint!” Right!
It was fun to color on the rock and then wash it off. Some rocks were smooth and some bumpy. Some were easier to color on than others.
It was rather quiet while they worked. This tells me they are very engaged in their work!
After a while, I took the water and trays. We dried off the rocks with a paper towel. Then I gave them a black sheet of paper and they traced rocks. Chalk writes differently than a crayon or pencil! It leaves a different kind of line.
One 4-year-old took his project a bit further and cut out the rock shapes.
After cutting out several shapes, he glued them on a piece of paper.
He colored them with chalk and wrote his name. Lovely rock inspired artwork!
So many ways to play with rocks!