Mr. Busy (in his ultimate busyness) is frequently asking to draw, and I’m always looking for ways to make things fun for me, so I found some old Pastello chalks and colored construction paper.
The amazing thing is how great of a toddler drawing set this makes. For some reason, he has much more control when using the chalks than any other media. I think its because of the pressure needed — crayons take too much pressure, so he loses control, and markers take too little, so he just scribbles back and forth. With the chalks, he likes to sort of wander around the page making interesting shapes and colors. The colored paper means that he can draw “white” and it actually becomes meaningful.
Oh, and the nice box that the chalks come in means that he can (almost) take them out and put them back my himself without making a total mess. (Crayons and markers on the other hand are troublesome — marker lids are too hard to replace, and crayons are too difficult to get in the box)
Another great benefit is that the chalk won’t mark up our tabletop (which is quartz) like markers and crayon do, so it’s easy cleanup. Similarly for his hands — the chalk is an easy wipe when compared to markers. Oh, and you don’t have to worry about staining clothes as well, since the chalk will wash right out. I’m just amazed that I haven’t seen a kids-branded version of art chalk as nice as the ones made for adults.
Anyway, if you’ve got a toddler around the house, I’d strongly recommend going to a local art supply store and picking up some of this chalk. It’s awesome. Oh, and while you’re there, get some “art tape” and you can tape the paper right to the table so it doesn’t move around, for drawing par excellance.
By the way, make sure not to get “oil chalks”. They’ll make a huge mess. Oh, and the nice case isn’t shown in that picture above.
I just keep thinking about great things about this chalk — they’re great for learning colors, since they’re so bright and pure, easy to hold and use (no paper labels to get in the way), they only need a very light touch to draw, they’re non-toxic, they wash easily. Wow, even I impress myself with how much I love these. Go get some now! They’re great for all ages!