I know you have it. It’s probably hiding in the grass, some in the garage, and I bet a few managed to find their way inside.
It’s broken chalk.
No matter how hard we may try, chalk ends up broken into pieces that are unusable and it either begins to form into a pile in the garage or random pieces appear all over the place.
And what ends up happening to this chalk? I usually chuck it.
Or it sits there for a while and then I chunk it.
But that isn’t a good way to deal with the mess if it can be put to another use!
Recycling broken chalk is a great way to create a fun activity and use an object that would typically be forgotten or thrown away.
Today, we’re going to give that broken chalk a new life with recycled chalk paint.
It’s an activity that is very easy to set up and has several different ways to play with it outside!
Here’s all you need:
· broken chalk pieces
· zip top bags
· mallet and/or rolling pin
· warm water
· muffin tin or glass/plastic containers
· paint brushes
*This is best done outside to avoid chalk powder getting on surfaces in your home*
Gather all of your chalk pieces and sort them into different color piles. Working with one color at a time, all chalk to bag, make sure to squeeze out air and zip the top, and then crush the chalk with the mallet or rolling pin.
Then, place the chalk powder into a muffin tin or container. Continue until all colors are crushed.
Next, add warm water slowly into the containers, stirring with a fork as you do. Warm water isn’t absolutely necessary but it does help the chalk dissolve a little better.
You want the mixture to resemble pancake batter consistency.
If you accidentally add too much water, let the mixture sit for a few minutes and it should thicken up.
Once all colors are mixed, start painting!
As the paint begins to dry out, just add more water and give it a quick stir.
We discovered that you really do need to crush the chalk as small as you can. The girls loved helping with this part!
The girls painted for a bit and then turned to mixing the colors and making “soup.” They dug in with their hands, squished and squeezed.
This is a great time to talk about how the mixture feels, what colors make when mixed together, and how the consistency changes when you add more water/the mixture dries out.
And when they were done, I grabbed the watering hose and gave them a spray off! This part was equally as fun for them.
So, don’t let your broken chalk go to waste!
Give it a new life and make chalk paint!
-Kara from Little Bee
About the author: Hey there! I'm Kara. Mama to three little girls and one fur baby. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and love spending time together as a family. My hope is to bring encouragement and practicality to your everyday. Whether that looks like helping you get creative with your little ones, giving you ideas about new recipes to try, or just simply walking alongside you in parenthood, Little Bee is there!