End of Program Celebration: Sidewalk Chalk
Cover a wall with brown craft paper. Provide chalk and allow the kids to create "graffiti" art.
Use the chalk pattern to create nametags. Cut out on pastel colored construction paper.
Books to Display and Booktalk
- Can You Find It? by Judith Cressy.
- Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla.
- Chalk Box Story by Don Freeman.
- Hopscotch Around the World by Mary Lankford.
- Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games by Jamie McGillian.
- Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City by Carole Boston Weatherford.
Use Chalk Talk Stories by Arden Druce or Stories to Draw by Jerry Mallett to tell stories. If your library does not have a chalkboard, tape butcher paper on the wall.
Ask the children to write a poem or select a favorite poem from books on display. Use sidewalk chalk and allow the children to write their poems on the sidewalk for all to enjoy.
If the library has a safe sidewalk or parking area that can be cordoned off, play outside with chalk. Otherwise, use masking tape or carpet tape to lay out a hopscotch board in the meeting room and play inside.
If you have a chalkboard or can borrow one from a school, let the children play games like Hangman, Connect the Dots, and Tic Tac Toe. If you do not have a chalkboard or erasable white board, place pieces of black paper on the walls around the room or on tables.
- Old magazines with colorful photographs
- Lightweight cardboard
- Glue sticks
Let each child pick out a picture, trim the edges of the picture and cut the cardboard to the same size as the picture. Next they apply glue to the back of the picture, press down on the cardboard, and allow it to dry. On the cardboard side, they then use the pencil to draw curvy lines and cut along the lines. Give each child an envelope in which to store the puzzle.
Faux Stained Glass
- White copier paper
- Black construction paper
- White craft glue
- Colored chalk
- Hairspray or art fixative
- Pictures or other examples of stained glass patterns (optional)
Let the children draw a pattern on the white copier paper. When they are satisfied with their design, they should trace it onto the black construction paper using the white glue to “lead” the design. Once the glue has dried, the children color in the design with chalk. Note that it can take several hours for the glue to dry so do this activity as part of a multi-week program or as part of a make-it, take-it activity that the kids finish at home. Hair spray or art fixative will “fix” the chalk so that it doesn’t smudge.
Home Made Chalk
- Plaster of Paris
- Small Dixie cups or rubber molds
- Powdered tempera paint
- Old mixing bowls
- Wooden mixing sticks
Mix one cup of plaster of Paris with one cup of water. Add powdered tempera paint to create a color. Let the mix stand for about 2 minutes and then pour it into your mold. Use Dixie cups or small plastic molds, like those used to make candy. Let the mixture dry. Remove the chalk from the mold and allow it to dry completely before using it. If your program is short, use small molds. The smaller the mold, the quicker it will dry. Large molds can take several days to dry.
Invite an artist or art teacher to help the children design sidewalk chalk art on the sidewalks around the library. Children can team up to create chalk masterpieces or reproductions of famous art. Each team is assigned a section; tape off the sections ahead of time with duct tape. Allow thirty minutes for planning and an hour for creating. Then ask the library director, the head of the Friends of the Library, or a local artist to judge the work. Give many awards (best, most unusual, most colorful, least likely to appear on a museum wall, etc.)
Blue’s Art Time Activities.
Tic Tac Toe
Play against the computer.
Give out personalized boxes of chalk. They are available from a variety of companies including Sherman Specialty Co.
Sherman Specialty Co.