Over the long Chicago winter we’ve had lots of time to be creative indoors. Spring is in the air and we are excited to get out of the house. We also know that April showers will soon follow. This is one super fun activity that we created to transform a gloomy day outside into a magical world inside. It is a city that the kids can draw on to create and re-create elements of a city for their little cars and people. The cool thing about making this craft is that it can be wiped off and instantly changed to a dinosaur world, a doll mall, fairy garden or camp site. All you need is some chalk and imagination! Use this for home schooling when studying different places around the US and the World to learn about architecture, plants, eco-systems and more. Here is how to make Chalk City.
- cardboard boxes
- black paint
- paint brushes
First, you will collect various sized boxes for building and backdrop elements and a large box to open up and spread out for the “land”.
Second, you will need black paint. You can use chalkboard paint although I just used black craft paint for this project. You can have the kids help paint if you like or do this first and have them do the drawing.
TIP: I always wear gloves when painting with non washable paints. You can get a cheap box of gloves at any drug store for cheap and they are useful for all sorts of activities and cleaning! Best of all they are disposable.
Mine only took a few hours to completely dry so you can do this craft start to finish in one day.
Once everything is painted and dry, you can go to town! Use pictures from books and photographs of architecture on line to inspire little artists. Talk about the social studies aspect of a city too, like the necessary building to make a community thrive. Where are places your family goes? Make the doctor, dentist, park, store, school, library and more.
Talk about traffic patterns and the job of a railroad. Draw and redraw parking lots, race tracks, railroads and busy boulevards.
Guaranteed this will be a favorite activity for your little ones.
To Store we just put the smaller boxes into the bigger ones, fold up the base and tuck it all away in a closet. Easy to pull in and out whenever the mood strikes! Have fun with your little ones.
Change this depending on your child’s wants and needs with the wipe of a damp cloth and a box of chalk. What scene or backdrop do you think your child would like to create?
That is such a creative and fun idea! I would have never thought of that! My nephew would love this!!!
I love love love this idea!!! I would have never thought of this, you are so creative! My daughter would just love this for her dolls, they would love to visit “the city” and a backdrop in chalk would be easy enough to draw,
Mama to 5 BLessings
you are so creative, my 3 year old son would love this! What a great way to recycle boxes!
this is SO COOL. and we always have boxes around because bloggers get packages!! and maybe because someone (me) loves amazon prime and zulily…
I love the idea of using this on cardboard. Even on the outside of a box to make a 3D board!
What a fun idea! I didn’t know you were in Chicago too, hello there! YUCKY YUCKY weather, hoping for Spring!
What a cute craft. Upcycling is definitely the way to go.
Okay.. now that is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time! You are so creative!!! This would provide hours and hours of fun!!
This is so cool! I wish my kids were still young enough to enjoy this!
What a fun and awesome idea! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to do this!
This is so cool! What a fun way to use these boxes. My kids would go crazy.
My daughter would LOVE this. Thanks for the tutorial!
Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
Awe, what a cute idea, that would be a huge hit in my house for sure!!
This is so cute and I know my kids would love to make a chalk city.
OK Jenny, that is so incredibly adorable. just seriously so brilliant. I bet the kids just love it. I can see my kids spending HOURS playing with this chalkboard city.
Sarah @ Must Have Mom
Oh goodness this is adorable and my kids would love it!
Oh my goodness, this is so creative!!! I love it! I’ve been wanting to try chalkboard paint… this is one heck of a way to use it!
What a clever idea! My husband and I were just talking about building a paper city for our son.
What a creative idea! We all have boxes laying around and chalkboard paint is pretty inexpensive!
Oh my gosh. This is too cute. A fun project for the grandchildren.
Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations
WOW, amazing! You did this on a rainy day??? WOW. My kids would love this. How cute is this?
This is the CUTEST ever!! I’m pinning for when my son is a bit older!!
Very cool idea! my daughter is still a little young for this, I think, but something we will try one of these days. I am in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago, so I feel your pain on being cooped up all winter!
I love your idea! I have been wanting to make something with that chalk board spray. How neat!
Man, why can’t I be this creative?? My child would LOVE a farm scene like this for all his animals and tractors!
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