Your driveway can become the perfect canvas for creating a portrait.   All you need is some chalk and a few treasures from around your yard.

Chalk Drawings

A simple chalk drawn oval in the color of your child's choice is all that is needed to start the portrait making process. After drawing an oval for your child or having them draw one for themselves, it is time to start gathering materials that can be used to fill in the features of the face.

Creating a Face

Let your children get creative with this step as they find material to create a face.   They will probably find some delightful treasures on their own but if not here are some ideas for materials that you may want to help your child gather or have set out for them to use:
  • Sticks
  • Stones
  • Yarn or Ribbon
  • Leaves
  • Shells
  • Bottle Caps
  • Flowers (Real or Fake)
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Egg Carton Cups
  • Plastic Scoops or Spoons
  • Lids
The list above is only made of suggestions as to what you can use to create a face.   Get creative!   Ask your child to help come up with other materials to use. The face above was made of things we had in our yard and garage. You may choose to stick to only things that come from nature or do a mixture of found objects along with items from your recycling or craft bin.
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  3. We LOVE drawing with chalk. This is such a fun spin on a classic. Thanks for sharing it at TGIF! Have a great week
    Beth =-)

    1. It seems like he didn’t have a problem with that, plus it was a ccnahe for him to be creative and show some people his great work. But I think its hilarious that he showed up with a book and thought, Hey I’ll be supportive and just chill here and read and then he ended up covered in chalk. I suppose thats some sort of a metaphor for relationships huh? Maybe not. =)

  4. This is a great idea!! Why do we only hunt for items to make a face for snowmen and not other times of the year??!

  5. My kids love sidewalk chalk! This is such a great twist on an old activity. We’ll be giving this a try at our house.