Chalk is by far one of our favorite writing and drawing tools. My daughter learned to write with chunky, colorful Crayola chalk, and we love to draw outdoors on our concrete patio! Over the past couple of years, we have had a lot of fun using chalk for literacy crafts, such as this Chalk Eggs Glue Resist activity.
Black paper is a fun challenge, because we have to get creative in order for color to appear. For this Chalk Eggs Glue Resist activity, we used regular Elmer’s glue to draw designs on black paper. When chalk is added, the areas with glue resist color, so the design pops out through the chalky surroundings.
Since my children are learning Chinese as a minority language, I love findings ways to encourage learning through art. With Elmer’s glue, I drew Chinese characters, but you can write any language that your child is learning. You can even teach numbers with the glue resist surprise! And the result is beautiful! I am so excited about how they turned out and hope you like it too!
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In the photos show in this post, you’ll see that our Chalk Eggs Glue Resist activity focused on animals that lay eggs. I like giving context around Chinese characters so that my daughter will have a better chance at memorizing new words. This hands-on activity was a great way to reinforce the differences between the characters 鸟，鸭，鸡 (niǎo, yā, jī / bird, duck, chicken) plus the following words:
- 画 / 畫 (huà / draw)
- 粉笔 (fěnbǐ / chalk)
- 胶水/ 膠水(jiāoshuǐ/ glue)
- 黑纸 /黑紙 (hēi zhǐ / black paper)
- 动物 / 動物 (dòngwù / animal)
- 鸟 / 鳥 (niǎo / bird)
- 鸭 / 鴨 (yā / duck)
- 鸡 / 雞 (jī / chicken)
- 蛋 (dàn / egg)
Check out the video and follow the simple instructions and materials list below!
What you need for Chalk Eggs Glue Resist Activity:
How to set up the Chalk Eggs Glue Resist activity:
- Draw and cut out large egg shapes from black paper
- Write words with Elmer’s glue.
- Optional: Add design at edge of egg, away from the character, so that there is no confusion that the design is part of the character
- Wait for glue to dry completely. Let your child feel the dry glue and observe that white glue becomes transparent when dry!
- Use any color combination of chalk; let your child take the lead on the artistic design!
*Tip: The Chinese character is more noticeable if you apply more pressure and use more chalk!
Since chalk can get a bit messy, this is a fun learning activity that you can take outdoors while soaking in the sunshine!!! What do you think of the final result of our Chalk Eggs? Are you excited to try this with your family yet? 😛
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