Chalk and Black Paper Art


In the quest to support Pebble’s interest in drawing I had a rummage around and came up with a new combination of tools for her to try: coloured chalk and black paper.

I put the materials out on the table, stood back, and watched to see what would happen.

“I want to draw a circle!”, Pebble announced. She picked up some chalk, hesitated over the page, then dropped the chalk and said, “you do it, Mummy”.

This happens quite often in Pebble’s drawing sessions. Either she’s too hesitant to start, or she is so focussed on the first line that she creates that she appears overwhelmed by the need to fill the rest of the page, and asks for help.

My strategy has been to model the skill that she is asking for help with. When I have a go, she is much more ready to have a go too. If she is still struggling to draw independently I will support her hand to draw a few lines, then she has a go herself.

This time turned out a little differently. As I drew a few shapes Pebble became very interested in the chalk dust that was created at the edge of each shape. She pushed it with her fingers, and rubbed it into her hands, then smiled broadly at me.


We have used chalk on a chalk board easel a lot, but have never experimented with chalk dust. Having the paper and chalk on a flat surface allowed the dust to collect and be played with.

Pebble placed her chalky hand on the nearest piece of paper and watched as a handprint was left behind. She repeated this again and again, layering her handprints.


I showed her how to make lots of chalk dust, rubbings the chalk back and forth on the same spot on the paper. Pebble collected up the dust and made more and more impressions.



It is easy to create opportunities for young children to experiment with art.

  • use materials that are good quality – avoid frustration by supplying materials that will actually work!
  • allow time and space for exploration
  • be open minded – you don’t always need to have an end product in mind. Just see where the activity goes. It’s all about the process of creating, not the product.
  • have fun!

Why not check out my eight tips for supporting young children’s drawing.

Have you used art materials in a different way lately? Do tell!

12 Replies to “Chalk and Black Paper Art”

    1. I used to love drawing on the bricks of our house when I was a kid :) We must do that one day soon. I can’t believe we haven’t yet!

    1. Haha, now every time I look at that post I think “pepper” LOL.
      I cannot believe you just posted about Coconut Ice! We made it last week and I have a post in the works too. Please don’t think I stole the idea!

      1. I’ve read it on facebook a few more times and still seen black pepper!! haha
        What a coincidence! That was one I desperately pulled from the archives! You’ll have to try the mashed potato! Tastes the same, looks the same yet it’s kinda good for you! :) Can’t wait to read your post! x
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    1. I am definitely going to add water painting to our next chalk drawing session. I seem to have forgotten all the good tricks lately, my brain is a little numb LOL

    1. I had completely forgotten about using chalk outside, we haven’t done it since before winter. Pebble does love a bit of that, though I think I end up drawing more than her! I haven’t tried liquid chalk yet. Does it rub off easily from the windows? I suppose it would!

  1. We love chalk an black paper!! If you spray hairspray over the picture once its complete, it stops the chalk from rubbing away :)

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