Drawing supports eye-hand coordination. Chalk is easy to hold as fine-motor skills are refined. Conversations between whānau and child support language and creativity. Tamariki can learn to care for their world as they wash chalk away when finished.

Why do it?

  • Using chalk provides a different experience of drawing.
  • It develops hand–eye coordination.
  • This is an opportunity to be creative — small toy animals and people can be used to make ‘scenes’.
  • It’s easy to clean up afterwards — hose down the path or leave it for the rain to wash away.
  • It trengthens the fine muscles in their hands and fingers
  • It's an opportunity do lots of kōrero with you about what they’re doing and why, which will extend their vocabulary and ability to express themselves.

How to do it

You'll need: Chalk and some concrete to draw on

  • Find a place outside with a suitable hard surface — for example, a footpath.
  • Ask them open-ended questions: ‘What do you feel like drawing?’ ‘What do you need?’
  • Help them to find other props that they could add to the chalk ‘scene’, such as blocks, small boxes, cars, toy animals and people.
  • Blobs of playdough work well to help toys, twigs and people stand up in their play scene.
  • Extend the ideas by asking ‘How could you make a river or a bridge?’

Other ideas — Ētahi atu whakaaro

  • See if you can draw using other things like stones, bits of brick or sticks.
  • Read the children’s book called Chalk, by Bill Thomson.
  • Try making up a song about what you’re doing using a tune that you both know. Here’s an example, to the tune of ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’:

Ka mahia e koe he pāmu, he pāmu, he pāmu

Ka mahia e koe he pāmu

 He pāmu tino pai!

You have made a farm, a farm, a farm

You have made a farm

And it is really good!

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Tuhituhi me te tioka Draw with chalk
Ngā tae Colours
He huarahi roa A long road
He ara tuaranga A rough path
He mākohakoha tēnei rākau This wood is smooth
Ka taea e koe te tuhi he tapawhā? Can you draw a square
Ka taea e au ki te tuhi he whetū I can draw a star
He iti rawa tēnā tioka That chalk you have is so small
Kua pau te tioka māwhero The pink chalk is all used up