I am forever indebted to Crayola for making sidewalk chalk. The Jersey Momma's boy took a liking to it when he was just a wee lad- maybe two? Possibly even younger? And our driveway became the biggest canvas he could ever get his hands on. Better yet, he expanded beyond the driveway. We've found sooooo many creative uses for chalk over the years, so we thought we'd share some with you. He often came inside looking like this, too, by the way:
He eventually expanded to the whole driveway:
He liked using Crayola's chalk tools, too, like the brushes. He made his own blurred lines. Robin Thicke would be proud:
Sometimes the lines would go down the driveway, too:
And then there were pipes, filled with chalk 'water:'
Our sweet Milo liked to sit with us when he was still alive. His white fur would turn rainbow colored if he happened to sit on a creation:
Then the chalk drawings got larger. And I mean really large. Like this life-size rainbow:
Or all nine planets across our whole driveway:
Sometimes we copied what we saw in our every day life. This was our Halloween decor:
Our friend Cher suggested we try chalk drawing on a wet surface. So we tried it in the rain:
And hosing down our driveway canvas when it was sunny outside:
Sometimes we used our chalk for games or projects. We traced all of the cracks in the driveway to make what we called, 'jewels:'
And then we played a target game with the buds that fell from the trees. It was really fun because the buds smashed like mushy tomatoes when we threw them:
Now this was painstaking on my end, but well worth the effort- I often made chalk roads or chalk towns for the Jersey Momma's Boy to ride through on his bike. Some of them were pretty elaborate, with shops, gas stations, houses and parks:
Sometimes we used more Crayola tools. Like their stencils:
Or their rainbow rake:
We tried a Mandala stencil from Alex Toys:
And once we even made our own sidewalk chalk. Stay tuned for the recipe!
And at times we moved way beyond the driveway and the sidewalk. Like the trees:
And the leaves on the deck (this was all the Jersey Momma's Boy's idea):
And then I got a little silly and decided to make some familiar faces on our log pile. I spy Angry Birds!
And a "thank you" that the Jersey Momma's Boy posed next to for a picture. We used the photo to make cards at Shutterfly. They were a big hit after his birthday party, when we sent them to guests.
Let's not forget St. Patrick's Day...
Or my favorite Chalk Garden...
So you see, you can do a lot of things with chalk, in any season. You just have to think outside the box!
Oh, and by the way, if you like any of the chalk products I mentioned in this blog, I set up a widget on the side of the main page with links to where you can by them on Amazon.