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

  • Chalk

  • Measuring spoons

  • Sugar

  • Water

  • 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.

Comments 6 comments

Charlie 8 years ago

Sounds pretty easy to do. I'll tell my wife next time she's looking for something to do with the kids.

Carole 8 years ago

Who knew? What an easy suggestion, and one that will keep the chalk where it's supposed to be! Thanks!!

nancy 8 years ago

I have 4 young children and we are always looking for new things to try. Thanks for the idea before Summer is officially here and we look for new things to do. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Carol 8 years ago

This is a great tip. Not just for Kids either. As an artist, I think I could use this technique for pastel drawings. Thanks!

Victoria 8 years ago

At last!! Some practical activities and helpful hints for kids and crafts! Having taught children extensively, I can say with authority (!) that new and fun ideas suitable for children's crafts are not easy to find. AND --- when you do find something, it's not always clearly written and explained. Kudos to Marianne H!

PS: When will you have the next neat activity posted?

Marianne H 8 years ago

Thanks Victoria! I have a bunch of ideas I want to hub. The next one gives five recipes for homemade craft dough. Easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly!

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