We have another great link up this week - the first of a series of Outside Play link up's each featuring a different theme. This months theme is Chalk.
Now we haven't had chalk until this year - I don't know why we didn't get some last year with J apart from for the fact that last summer he really wasn't into mark making but this year he loves it. So when we were giving a large bucket of side walk chalks I just knew that we had to get them out.
Our chalk post is just as simple as simple gets - letting J and T (yes at 15 months she is starting to already make marks) get busy with the chalks on our patio.
We mainly have decking and lawn in the garden but I knew that things like drawing on paving slabs were an essential part of outside fun for children so we put in a few slabs so that J and T had an area that they could draw on to their hearts content.
J is very into writing his name - I can see him getting 1 letter down - the rest he still sees at lines, but at 34 months with no writing practice he's picking things up already I'm a very proud Mum.
T is at the making dots stage and the occasional line - what really surprised me is that she didn't want to eat the chalks (I think she may have licked her hand and didn't like the taste of the chalk.
It's such a fun activity and with a bucket of chalks the children can let their imagination run wild. I haven't yet shown J how to remove it as it seems to rain every other day at the moment - but as soon as we get a series of dry days I'll get him with a bucket and a brush washing it down - he will have so much fun.