Several years ago we installed a blackboard on the underside of our kitchen bench. Our blackboard is used quite a lot as it is in a central area in our home. At the moment, Miss Four likes to draw and create on it everyday. The blackboard is a great place to set up all sorts of creative invitations such as our washi tape and doily stencil blackboard drawing prompts. We have also used our blackboard to create collages which can be seen here. Our most recent creative invitation on our blackboard involved a colourful chalk canvas, sponges and water.

Miss Four likes to paint with water on our chalkboard. This reminded me of an idea that involved water painting on the chalkboard which I saw on The Imagination Tree quite a while ago.

The first water painting invitation I set up involved using stencils.

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I googled images (a fairy, dog and horse), printed them, cut them out and then temporarily stuck each image onto the blackboard. I shaded all over the blackboard and around each image ( I used a thin piece of chalk to draw around each image to capture the details). Once we removed the images we had our invitation to create. My children used sponges,  paintbrushes and water to paint around their images.

The next invitation to create contained a checker board chalk pattern  inspired by The Imagination Tree.

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We used sponge pieces cut into different shapes to create pictures.

Miss Eight used the sponge stamps to create this “pair of people dancing on the grass”.

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Miss Eight also used the sponge stamp pieces to create a vase of flowers.

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Master Six was inspired by the sponge shapes to create a robot.

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Master Six creating a snowman.

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Master Six made one happy looking snowman.

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Miss Four loved the idea of sponging water on the blackboard and was keen to create faces.

Miss Four created the face pictured below with spikey hair.

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This was a fun creative challenge that involved using shapes to create pictures.

Water painting with sponges and stamps on blackboard collage for blog