These colorful dragon eggs are made using chalk and water! Explore color blending and texture with this fun activity for preschoolers.
Sidewalk chalk is an essential art supply for us! We’ve posted on Instagram our love of chalk and shaving cream, and how much she loves the way the colors blend together. I wanted to bring the same color fun inside, but with only a little bit of the mess. We experimented with paper, chalk, and water and fell in love with the results!
- thick paper- we used black construction paper and white watercolor paper
- sidewalk chalk
- small container of water
- paint brush or sponge brush
- Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
Raising Dragons By Jerdine Nolen
The inspiration for this project came from the beautiful illustrations in the book Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Elise Primavera. (This is one was on our list of favorite books featuring kids of color!) The story is about a young girl who finds an egg on her family’s farm. To her surprise, and excitement!, when the egg hatches a dragon comes out! Although her parents are worried about her raising a dragon on their farm, Hank finds his own ways to help them with their crops. She soon realizes Hank belongs somewhere he can fly freely, and takes him to an island where he stays with his dragon friends and she leaves with more eggs!
The story was so sweet and the pictures are so beautiful. The pictures were painted softly with no outlining and beautiful colors. We used the page that showed all of her new eggs as inspiration for our project. She loved the way each egg had its own colors.
Creating Dragon Eggs
Using chalk on paper was a new experiment for us, so we used two different methods. The first was on black construction paper I cut into egg shapes. She used her sponge brush to make the paper damp and then colored with the chalk on top. Because the paper was wet, the chalk went so smoothly onto the paper. We did notice that the colors weren’t very vibrant and didn’t blend as well as they do outside on concrete.
She wanted to make a few more eggs and I cut this set from white watercolor paper. This time we dipped the chalk directly into the water container and then drew on the paper. Doing it this way made the colors much more vibrant and they blended together beautifully! Our dragon eggs looked magical when they were complete!
Do you love sidewalk chalk? What’s your favorite way to use it?