|Today, mummy, I'm going to teach you about mark making!|
It seems a bit contrary then to talk about chalk, the teacher's tool of choice (until our lovely whiteboards wiped centuries of chalk dust and squeaky blackboards from our classrooms.)
|Lovely picture, and the red tastes yummy too!|
|Time for a clean slate.|
|There be chalk in them there hills!|
You can get great, colourful, chunky chalks pretty cheaply. We also collected natural chalk on walks because there's lots of it in the hills around us, but it was a bit "scratchy" on the blackboard and only really worked well on the paving slabs.
There are lots of other chalk ideas to be found on the internet- some of which I'm now itching to try! A recent one I read involved letting the children crush up the little nubby ends of their chalks and use the colourful powder they made for colouring potions, making watercolour paints etc.
Here are a few links.
But of course, you'll probably find your kids have plenty of good ideas of their own.