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Floating Chalk Prints

Posted on 06/23/20 by Anne in Early Childhood

When we are playing and experimenting with water, it is so much fun to discover what sinks or floats. Here is an idea that connects a floating material with an art experience.

Floating Chalk Prints

Materials:

  • Tray – (roasting pan or wash tub)
  • Water
  • Chalks (sidewalk chalk is easy to handle)
  • Scraper (a wooden knife or hand grater)
  • Paper
  • A towel and space for drying

Directions:

  • Choose a pan large enough to hold your paper. Fill it with about an inch of water.
  • Now scrape chalk dust into the pan taking care not to break the surface tension of the water. Touching or swirling the water will cause the chalk dust to sink. Be creative with your color combinations!
  • Then place the paper in the water center first. Slowly let the edges go onto the water mixture to keep bubbles from forming on the paper. Then grab the corners or the paper closest to you and drag the paper up towards yourself. This ensures you are dragging more chalk onto the paper as it’s lifted and so the kids can see the effect when they lift the paper.
  • Lay the paper flat and allow to dry.

Have fun experimenting and creating!

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