Let your kids’ creativity go wild outside! This eco-friendly craft is a creative way to reuse, repurpose, and recycle all the while teaching your kid a cool art. Give them something to make to get them outdoors more. With a little help from you, they can make homemade chalk with eggshells and get creative!
Homemade Chalk with Eggshells
Chalk is a summertime favorite with endless possibilities, and for all ages. For instance, this is my 9-year-old son in the above picture, drawing Dog Man from a book on concrete. While I was in a conversation with a few Google representatives at Google’s Safer Internet Day Event a couple of months ago., I turned around, and I saw him drawing with chalk. Everyone around him couldn’t believe how good his drawings were.
I had a thought that this must be something he feels he can do and do good. So off I went to find a way to make homemade chalk (because it’s a cool eco-friendly thing to do) to give him the freedom to create. I looked around on how to make chalk with eggshells.
There are so many things a kid can draw on the sidewalk or concrete, such as designs, words, stories, and don’t forget the fun games of hopscotch or four square. While they are at it, you can teach them about recycling and reusing.
How to make chalk with eggshells
Using six eggshells will make only three pieces of chalk – maybe. So, you might want to start collecting eggshells.
- six eggshells
- 1 tsp Flour
- hot water
- food coloring
- heavy spoon or mortar & pestle
- measuring spoons
- Ice tray, soap molds or any mold
- extra spoon for mixing
- and patience!
- First, gather all your supplies in one place. We made ours outside. It can get a little messy.
- Wash and dry the eggshells and break apart all six eggshells into a bowl.
- Using a mortar or pestle (the back of a large, heavy spoon will work too), grind the eggshells into small pieces until they become a fine powder. You’ll have to use a little “elbow grease” to get it to a fine powder. We found that if you pound hard on the eggshells, it will work better and faster. Chalk molds hold up better if eggshells are a fine powder – this is where a bit of patience comes in. You and your child can take turns.
- To make one piece of chalk: Mix 1 tsp of flour and 1 tsp of hot water. Add 1 tbsp of the ground eggshell powder and mix it until it forms a thick paste.
- If you want colored chalk, add one or two drops of food coloring to the paste. For white chalk, skip this step.
- Spoon shell mix into an ice cube tray, any silicone tray, or into Soap Molds to make fun shapes. Allow sidewalk chalk to set for at least three days.
- Pop-out and play.
Well, hopefully, your kids have more patience than mine. It will take time to perfect this chalk craft. One of ours broke when it popped out, and a few were not ground enough to work. So be sure to grind those eggshells to a powder. Oh, and don’t let your dog get any – they’re liable to eat them – as our Lab did!
Get your kids outdoors with this homemade chalk with eggshells.
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