Thursday, March 7, 2013

crushing chalk

If there were an award given to the profession that excelled in the area of 'reuse, reduce, recycle' it would have to go to early childhood educators, don't you think?

After all, we can't walk past a box without collecting it or eat a yoghurt without washing out the container and saving it.  Never is a present unwrapped without the paper and ribbon being put carefully to one side.    

And when chalk gets down to the tiny nubs that even little fingers can no longer hold, we can't bear to throw it out without coming up with one last use for it!

We discovered that these remnants of chalk were perfect for smashing, grinding and pulverising to bits!

The children tried rocks, rolling pins and mortar and pestles.

What was left was a colourful mix that was dubbed "chalk sand".

The children weren't so much interested in the finished 'chalk sand' as they were in the process of creating it, so it has been poured into a jar for later use.  Potions maybe.  Who knows?

After all, we couldn't throw it away now could we?

What do you use every last tiny bit of?


  1. Yes, I agree with the reduce, reuse, recycle part. We are the best at it.

  2. If you put some kosher salt or the like in a bowl and let the kids rub the chalk around in it you end up with colored salt you can use like glitter.

  3. maybe if each colour was crushed separately, the older children could use it like coloured sand in glass jars to create sand art??