Sensory activities are extremely beneficial when it comes to the social and emotional development of young gardeners. Exploring new activities that encourage children to touch, feel, create and use their senses gives them a positive focus while using problem solving thinking.
A fun, get your hands messy craft like making your own chalk paint teaches kids a parts to whole process that includes scientific thinking. It starts with simple steps such as following an exact recipe which requires attention to detail and exact measurements. Mixing and creating your own colors with food coloring is a creative process with visually delightful results. The finished product can result in hours of playing outside, full of colors, movement and textures. All you need is a hose for cleanup..and that can lead to a whole other fun outdoor activity!
Learn how to make Gardener Anna's tie-dye chalk paint on Session 2 of Camp Hello Gardeners® scroll down and watch the video & or get the recipe here:
Gardener Anna's Chalk Paint
-2 Cups Corn Starch
-2 Cups of Water
Mix equal parts of corn starch and water together in a bowl and then pour equally into your muffin tin. Mix 2-3 drops of food coloring to each tin. This is also a fun way to explore your colors! Grab a paint brush & chalk it up to hours of fun!
This video clip from Camp Hello Gardenrs® also includes an art class with our illustrator, interactive games, learn Qi Gong from a certified master, make your own body scrubs with a 15 year old entrepreneur, cooking class with Gardener Aidan, inspirational stories & more fun! Scroll down to watch the full episode: