The weather the last few weeks has been unseasonally warm so I've been keen to make the most of it by being outside and in the garden as much as possible. Over the summer months we've done lots of chalk drawing outside and it's been really popular. So with some recently purchased jumbo chalk (Tesco have buckets of jumbo chalk for £1 at the moment) we headed into the garden for some drawing fun.
Little chick got busy drawing houses. (I love the way she went and fetched a cushion from our living room so she could be comfy!)
And lots and lots of windows, I was told.
Whilst I was ordered to draw some roads and roundabouts.
Meanwhile Shoeshine was having fun with the chalks too.
Shoeshine loved the chalks, she carefully sorted them and tasted them each in turn (I not sure if she thought the different colours were different flavours but she wasn't very impressed with them!)
She loved crawling round with her chalks exploring the unfolding road layout and having a go at rubbing with the chalk.
She also enjoyed joining in with me and having a go at some colouring.
By the end of the afternoon between the three of us we had created quite a substantial network of roads, roundabouts, houses and rivers. Shoeshine enjoyed crawling round the road map with some of the matchbox cars, whilst Little Chick enjoyed making up stories about people's journey's to the shops or picnics in the park or the fire that needed the fire engine to come out. Although to be honest today the fun was definitely in the drawing and constructing rather than the playing with it afterwards as Little Chick was busy for hours drawing her houses, windows, ponds and rivers 9and ordered me around too as to what I needed to draw where!).
There is so much open-ended play possibilities with chalk road layouts on the ground and the bonus of being able to spend time outside. Lots of motor skills drawing, creative skills thinking about what needs to be added, a hospital, park or tree? And tons and tons of imaginative play.
Next time it might be nice to add some blocks or bricks to start making it partly three dimensional, maybe build a bridge. And maybe some little people as well as the vehicles - the possibilities really are endless. Can't wait to do this again (and good to see the ugly concrete in our garden being put to good use!)