Spring is that wonderful time of year in which the trees are still bare and the sun is almost warm.
We took advantage of this combination of events to get outside and create art among the trees.
We simply soaked sidewalk chalk in water for a few hours to make it soft.
With our moistened chalk, a pail of water, and a few paintbrushes for blending, we headed to a patch of smooth-barked trees near where we live.
The kids loved coloring on the trees.
It had the same appeal as drawing on their bedroom walls: exciting and slightly forbidden.
And it was a great use of broken chalk pieces.
For days we marveled at our colorful creations.
Then it rained.
P.S. The idea came from the March 2013 issue of Family Fun magazine.
What are your favorite outdoor art projects? Share your ideas in the comment box below. Thanks!
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