One of my favorite secrets that I learned while teaching a preschool art lab is the glory of Sugar Chalk.
“Sugar Chalk”- more than just a great nickname.
I love getting messy with paint and markers, but sometimes it is nice to create without creating a mess. Sugar Chalk looks just like regular sidewalk chalk, but is more vibrant in color and acts almost like a pastel. Sugar Chalk doesn’t create the dust on your fingers or that lingers on your clothes. Guess what… you can make it at home and it cost next to nothing.
Sugar Chalk Recipe
I picked up regular Sidewalk Chalk from the dollar section in Target. Once home, I filled a bowl with water. I added about 1/4 cup of sugar to the water then mixed until the sugar was dissolved.
I submerged the chalk into the sugar water for 30 minutes. Then, I removed the chalk and set chalk to dry on a stack of paper towels. I left the chalk dry for 24 hours.
The texture of the chalk changed, but more importantly, look how bright the colors have become. The red is my favorite.
Sugar Chalk is a fun tool to keep on hand. It looks beautiful on black construction paper or asphalt. I store it in a sandwich bag and it will last as long as you want it to.
My guys have fancy toys and hi-tech gadgets, but they play with balls, sticks, rocks and chalk more than anything. My little guy especially likes to leave his chalk masterpieces on the side of my car and home.
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