The other day, we decided to have art time outside. We brought a basket of sidewalk chalk, a bowl of water, and Simon’s paint brushes.
Simon was more interested in painting with the water on the ground, than drawing or painting with the chalk. However, he loved making the discovery that chalk, when dipped in water, changes and intensifies in color. He also really enjoyed throwing all of the chalk into the grass and then going to retrieve it all again. Using the brushes to splash in the puddles that he created was also exciting for him. He has since asked to “Go paint outside?” again.
I think taking materials that are usually for indoor use out to play encourages exploration and imagination. (As a bonus, it also makes clean up a lot easier in the case of art materials.)
Have you made any art outside lately? What creative things have you done with sidewalk chalk?