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Upcycle That Broken Down Box Of Chalk

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With each new season comes new clothes (or at least clothes that feel new again), new milestones, events like back to school, holidays, or much-anticipated vacations. Although I love living these moments with my kids and getting in on the excitement, I hate either the waste or the packing up of half-used things. It always feels like I’m stuck between feeling like a hoarder packing up half used items or a wasteful getting rid of stuff we didn’t use to its fullest potential. Summertime the shorts they haven’t entirely grown out of, the partially used bubbles, open sunscreen, and the broken down chalk just make we wish we could just finish off before moving on.

Aside from donating clothes and saving the other items, I do have a great sensory play idea for chalk!

Upcycle your broken down box of street chalk with this easy coloured cloud dough recipe. It only requires 3 ingredients, is super simple to make and a great way for toddlers, preschoolers, and any kid to engage in sensory play. Kids activities, play-based learning

 

Coloured Cloud Dough

What we use
  • a food processor with a grater attachement or a box grater
  • coloured chalk of your choice
  • 8 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • an aluminum pan
  • a disposible table cloth

What We Did

I let my kids choose to two colours of sidewalk chalk. We put the colours into the food processor separately so they could have the fun of dumping their respective colours in when we were mixing the dough. I’ve grated chalk by hand before and it is tedious, but it does work. The food pressor does it in seconds. Then, we headed outside on to our shaded front porch with the aluminum pan, the table cloth, and our ingredients. With the plastic sheet down, I set down the pan, and we dumped everything in. You can add more oil or flour to change up the consistency. Mix well with your hands. Then grab the toys of your choice and play!


This mixture will keep for months to come. The sheet does a wonderful job of catching anything that’s come out of the pan and is a great way to wrap up the pan with for storing.

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12 thoughts on “Upcycle That Broken Down Box Of Chalk

  1. This looks like so much fun! I have a big bag of leftover chalk-it makes me crazy actually. Now I have something I can do with it! I’m pretty sure this would entertain my daughter for quite some time.

  2. Oh what a great idea! My son is obsessed with his chalk though, so I’m going to have to sneak away some of the smaller bits. It’s so funny that no matter how hard I try to put all the chalk back after each use, the chalk box always ends up looking the same.

  3. Oh what a great idea! My son is obsessed with his chalk though, so I’m going to have to sneak away some of the smaller bits. It’s so funny that no matter how hard I try to put all the chalk back after each use, the chalk box always ends up looking the same.

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