Do your kids love to play with chalk, but get their hands really messy while they are at it? You can cut down on the mess a bit by making your own chalk in deodorant containers. Homemade retractable chalk is easy to use and fun to play with! And since we love essential oils, we decided to make our chalk scented to enhance the sensory activity for the kids.
To be honest, this project has had a couple of flops, but we kept great notes on our tests so you can learn from our mistakes.
The idea behind making the chalk is simple:
Now for the things we learned:
Hopefully we haven’t scared you away from doing this project now that you have read all of our notes and cautions. This really is an easy project, and the kids had a blast playing with the chalk once it was done.
You can also do this with lip balm containers for smaller sticks to use on chalkboards. In fact, you should have a little mixture left over in your disposable cup so that you can fill 1 large deodorant container and a few lip balm containers with the recipe below.
Time: 10 minutes active; 4 hours inactive | Difficulty: Easy
Update 4/19/17: We now sell these round twist up containers that would work well for this project.
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