Friday, May 23, 2014

Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers

My Daycare Kids love to play with chalk almost as much as they love water play, which made this classic activity a no-brainer for us today!  I just love the results from these wet chalk fireworks and they're perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day!

Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me  


For this activity, we used:
black construction paper
red, white, and blue chalk
plastic cups (or any small containers for water)

Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me
I showed the kids how to dip their chalk into their water and use them to make "x's" on their paper for firework designs.  A few of the kids got into making x's but most of them were just fascinated by the effect of the water on the chalk.
Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me

If you've never tried wet chalk, your kids will love how vivid the colors are when drawing and how bright they are when they dry on black paper!  It's also fun for them to compare the feeling of the chalk when it is wet versus the dry chalk.  It gives a much smoother finish.
Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me

My 3-year-old mostly made circles since that's his favorite thing to draw right now and one of the 4-year-old's preferred to fill his whole paper, which is all perfectly fine for this process art experience.
Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me
There is no one way to make these firework sky pictures and that makes them perfect for even your youngest children.
Simple Patriotic Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers - Mamas Like Me
Once the kids finished their papers, they experimented some with the chalk on the driveway and I can tell that we'll be doing a lot more of this over the Summer.

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