Wood Chip Chalk Art

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

I love it when art can be incorporated into everyday play and am always on the lookout for ideas easy enough to try at home. Today I am so excited to welcome Tammy from Housing A Forest over for a 'virtual play date' at Kids' Play Space! She has one of the most inspiring kid focused blogs around, full of engaging, creative activities you can't help but LOVE! Two of my favourites include her awesome Dancing Oobleck experiment and the simple, clever Re-Usable Stamp Pad tutorial. 
So while the little one and I are over at Housing A Forest today gathering treasures from the park to bring into a Nocturnal Possum Small World project (in our window sill), Tammy and her kids are taking us out on a trip to the park for a gorgeous, colourful art activity...

Hi, I’m Tammy from Housing A Forest! I’m absolutely thrilled to be here at Kids' Play Space today to share an activity that we had so much fun with ~ Wood Chip Chalk Art! It is the perfect activity for you to create in your backyard or at the park.

 To make Wood Chip Chalk Art you will need:
  • Wood chips or sticks in varying size
  • Sidewalk Chalk in lots of different colors
Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

Start by gathering your wood chips and sticks. Lots of our parks use wood chips around trees or as the base under the playground equipment, so there are plenty to choose from. The kids scoured around for just the right wood chips. Once they gathered a decent sized pile, they simply rubbed chalk onto the wood. Yep it is really just that easy!

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

I love how the texture of each piece stands out once it is colored with chalk, and how bright the chalk is. Once your pieces are all colored you are all ready to start creating and building your art work.

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

The kids made LOTS of adorable bugs out of their wood chips. I love this simple colorful butterfly.

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

The girls used a couple of sticks to create the antennas for this adorable bug.

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

This bright little centipede is so cute. I love that the girls used a number of different colors to create its legs. The girls wanted to see how long of a bug they could create. Although before they could make the "longest bug in the world" we had to leave for an appointment. We will have to finish it another day.

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest
  
 A sweet little house for all the bugs to live in.

Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest
Wood Chip Chalk Art ~ Housing A Forest

The best part about this simple art project, is that you can leave your chalk covered wood pieces in the park for others to enjoy after you are gone. Since you are only using chalk, the color will wash away when it rains, leaving behind no evidence that you were there. Creating Wood Chip Chalk Art is such a simple project! I love that it only needs chalk and little bits of nature. Perfect for creating on the go. My kids cant wait to do try it again!


Tire Swing Pendulum Painting
If you are looking for more inspiring art to create in the park, check out the Tire Swing Pendulum Painting that we created. My kids had a blast, swinging and painting at the same time.

It has been such a pleasure to share this activity with you today.

I would love for you to follow along with Housing A Forest. To see more projects, you can connect with me on Housing A Forest; Pinterest; Facebook; Google + and Twitter.








  
                     
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Tammy is the writer and creator of Housing A Forest. She is a busy mom of 3 school aged kiddos, and teaches high school art part time. She loves being creative and encouraging her kids to be creative a well. Housing A Forest is packed full of art tutorials, educational activities and good old fashioned fun your kids will love.

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I hope you enjoyed today's guest post (I personally can't stop looking at Tammy's beautiful photos!) - Don't forget to hop over to Housing A Forest to leave Tammy a comment about her activity, and to check out our latest small world fun

Thanks for visiting Kids' Play Space!
'til soon,
Anna :-) 

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Comments

  1. Wow! This is a really fun activity! I'm going to have to do this with Ethan this week! :)

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    1. Oh, us too Lindsay!! How fun and easy does it look! (I may have to add coloured chalk bits to my handbag permanently to live alongside the little bottle of bubbles! hehe!)

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  2. I absolutely love this (and basically everything Tammy shares!). We have lots of wood chips, so I see this activity in our future.

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    1. I agree 100% Jennifer- Tammy has such engaging activities! Thanks for visiting, and have fun with your own wood chip chalk art:-)

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  3. Singing to my heart with this activity. We love art, nature and simple exploration. This wood chip chalk art is beautiful. If I show these photos to my kiddos they will run outside and start and creating!

    Thanks for visiting waddleeahchaa.com! Hope to see you again!

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    1. What a cool idea Jeannine! - Leave the photos out and the chalk and wood chips accessible and see what unfolds!! love it!

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  4. This is so simple but SO cool!! I just love it. We've coloured all kinds of things with chalk around here, but we've never done this!

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    1. Tammy may well have started a wood chip chalk art craze! I love it too!!

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  5. I really love this! It was shared on g+ and I'm resharing and pinning, telling my summer Montessori art and music group about it, great fine motor pre writing activity for little hands!

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    1. That's great Lisa!! You are so right - a brilliant fine motor / pre writing activity for sure!! (and how easy?!) ps. a Montessori art and music group sounds really fun:-)

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  6. I love how simple, gorgeous, and fun this is! Really great idea and a must-do for us!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment Ann:-) It's definitely on our must do list too!!!

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