The warm weather has made its appearance. All the mamas and papas are doing the summer scramble to find outdoor activities that are fun and educational for kids!
Last year during the pandemic, I tried this outdoor mosaic chalk heart activity with Lennox, and let me tell you, it was an absolute hit!
Not only did his tiny three-year-old fingers enjoy getting some fine motor action by using the scissors to cut the tape. He also enjoyed exerting all of his endless energy coloring in all of the shapes!
It entertained him for a good hour or so, and for me, that is a mom win!
Thus, if you are looking for a fun outdoor activity to do with your toddler, preschooler, or school-aged child this summer, look no more. Below I will provide a tutorial on making this fun and educational DIY mosaic heart sidewalk chart activity for kids!
Enjoy, and if you decide to do this activity, take a picture and tag me on Instagram using the handle @lorenaylennox!
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Materials you will need:
Step 1: Get outdoors and outline your mosaic chalk heart
I wanted more of a geometric and simple shaped heart, so this step requires three steps.
- Take two equal lengths of tape (mine were about 24 inches each) and form a V.
- Then, take two 12 inch pieces of tape and place them at about a 100-degree angle to form the top part of the heart.
- Lastly, take two 8 inch pieces of tape and form the center of the point of the heart.
Step 2: Make the lines for the mosaic chalk heart
I allowed Lennox to assist me with this part to work his fine-motor hand skills. He would peel the tape and pull. Then, I would cut the pieces and add them randomly to the heart. He was fascinated by the tape-working process.
Step 3: Have your toddler color the mosaic chalk heart
Before we started filling in the heart, Lennox and I looked at the colors and named each one. Since we had two boxes of chalk, we sorted them by color.
Then I let Lennox decide where he wanted to place each color and helped him fill in the shapes.
I don’t know about you, but I love coloring and doing crafts. There is something incredibly calming about it, especially during these crazy times we are living.
Lennox had a blast, and I could see his gross and fine motor work in harmony as he meticulously colored the shapes.
Below is what our heart looked like before we removed the masking tape. Lennox kept insisting on painting over every color with green. Even though it bothered my perfectionist soul, I did not impede upon his creativity.
Step 4: Have your toddler execute their fine motor skills by removing the tape.
Next, I let Lennox execute his fine-motor skills once again by using his pincer grasp to peel up the masking tape.
He was amazed by the outcome!
Again, this activity was super easy to set up, it was educational and stimulating for Lennox, and it created so joyful decoration to our sidewalk.
I hope this activity inspires you to get outdoors and chalk away with your kiddos.
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