This eco-friendly activity allows you both to spend time with your child and discusses recycling with him. However, make sure your child is not allergic to eggs before starting the activity.
We need :
- pestle and mortar to grind eggshells (can also be crushed with a bowl);
- plaster of Paris or flour;
- of water.
- Well-cleaned and dry eggshells can be kept for a long time. Collect them so you can prepare a large amount of chalk.
How to do?
- Remove the membrane completely from the eggshells.
- Grind the shells until you have a fine powder.
- Mix 2 parts of flour or plaster with a piece of eggshell powder.
- Add enough water to form a hard paste.
- Model the dough into sticks.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to dry.
- To make colored chalks, add powder paint before pouring the water.
To do during the preparation of the chalk:
As you prepare the chalk, discuss with your child the ingredients and their characteristics (texture, smell, etc.). As you add the ingredients, show them what happens when they are combined. This activity is an ideal opportunity to discuss green products, recycling and reuse of things that are usually garbage!
To do once the chalk is ready:
This chalk is ideal for outdoor use on the sidewalk or on the paved surface of the garage access. Use chalk sticks to make drawings, or to play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe! They also work great on DIY paper.
This activity puts into practice the Comfort, Play, Teach and Participate parenting approach to your child’s development as follows:
Comfort: By spending time preparing chalk and playing with your child, you make him feel that he is important to you and that you love him.
Play: Have fun to make chalk with your child, then inventing all kinds of games together. Encourage your child to use his imagination.
Teach: Any activity that requires mixing ingredients is good for teaching. For example, you can present the ingredients and their characteristics to your child and then show them what happens when they are combined. This activity also gives you the opportunity to develop your child’s environmental awareness.