Tips for Crafty Kids: How to Keep Chalk from Smearing
Bring out their inner artist
Drawing and coloring with chalk and pastels is a favorite summer activity for kids. But whether it's on the sidewalk or on paper, the chief complaint about chalk is that it smears, ruining masterpieces and messing up clothes and hands.
There's an easy trick to help keep chalk from smearing. You can even let your kids do it themselves.
Things you'll need:
- A small bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Paper towel
What to do:
Add one tablespoon of sugar to about a cup of water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Gently put the sticks of chalk into the sugar water.
Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the chalk and let dry on a paper towel.
You can use the chalk while it is still damp for a bold crayon look (but the picture needs to dry before it's really smudge-resistant), or let it dry overnight for a harder pencil type of line. If the chalk is too hard to use easily after it dries, just dip it into water for a second.
The great part about sugar-infused chalk is that you can still blend the colors, but they won't accidently smear.