Create a festive Christmas light chalk art activity with just a few basic craft supplies!
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If your kids are anything like mine, they love looking at Christmas lights, whether they are on our tree, our house or the park. This little craft allows them to make their own glowing Christmas lights with just a few supplies and materials.
Supplies needed for Christmas light chalk art activity
- black construction paper
- colored chalk
- white crayon
- cotton balls
- thin piece of cardboard or cardstock
First, you’ll need to cut out your Christmas light bulb shape. I used some thin cardboard I had in my craft room and free handed the shape of a light bulb and cut it out. The bulb I made was about 2.5″ tall and 1/5″ wide. (If you have more than one child doing this activity, I’d recommend cutting out one for each child.)
*TIP* Use a cereal box or a shipping box for the light bulb shape.
Next, grab a piece of black construction paper and draw a curvy/loopy line on it with the marker with small squares spaced out along the line. (see below) This will act as a guideline for your kid(s) to know where to put their light bulbs. Give them the white crayon so they can trace the black line and squares.
After this, they will need to use the light bulb shape you cut out earlier. They will need to place it on top of one end of a square and trace it with a piece of colored chalk.
Once they’ve traced all their bulbs onto the paper, have them use the cotton ball to brush the chalk outward. This creates a “glowing” effect. If you have more than one child doing this activity, you may want to write (or have them write) their names on the paper using the white crayon.
And that’s it! My kids loved doing this simple activity. It is a great activity to do at home, school, day care or babysitting and uses supplies that you likely already have or don’t cost much to buy. My kids were 6 and 4 at the time of this post and they were both able to do this activity with minimal help and supervision. If you are doing this activity with kids younger than 4, they will need a little help but should still be able to do it.
*TIP* I recommend creating an example for them to follow so they can see the finished project and refer to it as they make their own string of lights.
This post originally appeared on Design Dazzle on December 7, 2018 as part of the Christmas Wonderful series. Parts of the post have been updated for clarity.