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Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels!

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels: Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels! #homeschoolgeography #geography #chalkpastels #chalkpastelart #chalkpastelgeography #chalkpastelmaps #homeschoolart

This year my son is focusing heavily on World Geography. We are approaching geography with loads of books, websites, documentaries, and our Pin It Maps. When I saw that chalk pastels had a maps course, as part of the I Drew it then I Knew it series exclusive to the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse, I was thrilled! Here is a hands-on creative way for my son to test his knowledge and learn a few things about the different countries he is studying.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

He cracked open a couple of his geography books and followed along with Nana as she led him through the drawing of Australia. We’re actually studying Australia this week, which is why it was his first choice. Plus, labeling maps is a stealthy way to sneak in handwriting practice. Shhhhh!

Did you that the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse also offers some fun World Landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, and the Eiffel Tower?

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Next week we’ll be looking at Asia, so my son went ahead and did the China chalk pastel lesson too. He plans on adding more information to each chalk pastel map as we cover each country.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Cartography and Geography for Homeschool

Africa is looming in our future by the end of the year. But it may go into the new year as well. Why? Fair warning…the cartography of Africa is a little intense. Think about it. Africa is a huge continent with over 50 countries! 54 countries to be exact. Even Asia, which has a larger landmass, doesn’t have quite so many countries. So, when studying Africa, you’ll definitely want to break it up by the regions or individual countries you are studying.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

The effort was well worth it! Following along with Nana, my son was determined to complete Africa, and Madagascar… for good measure.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

We’ll probably go back and create individual chalk drawings of each African country along with major cities and landmasses. But just look at this colorful creation! Hopefully, by the end of the school year, we will have covered all of the world’s countries thoroughly. I plan on adding all of his chalk pastel maps to a geography binder for him to keep.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Hands-On Geography with Chalk Pastels

Another map my son did just for fun was the map of France. Reason? He’s also a World War II history buff. He wanted to make his own map with Nana so that he could go back at his leisure and add key battles. He already added Dunkirk. Once he gets France labeled, I imagine he’ll want to do either Italy or Great Britain next.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

Though chalk pastels are for everyone, these map lessons are designed with upper elementary to high school students in mind. That means they are perfect for my young teen.

The Map Video Art Lessons include:

  • Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Africa
  • The United States and Canada
  • India
  • China
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • France
  • Me on the Map unit
  • Lewis & Clark’s journey
  • The voyage to the first Thanksgiving
  • Biblical map of the journey to Bethlehem for Christmas
  • To the moon and back for modern history studies
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder family travels
  • Map your garden plan

My son is excited for additional maps in the future such as more European, and Asian countries plus South and Central American countries.

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels

These art lessons help with understanding and recall of map facts. My son enjoyed the lessons, and, most importantly, the facts and history behind the maps and cartographers. Remember, this hands-on and fun geography resource is only available through the You ARE An Artist Complete Clubhouse. So, tell me, do your kids enjoy adding art to their homeschool studies?

Make Geography Fun with Chalk Pastels: Are you looking for a unique way to get your kids excited about their homeschool geography? Maybe you have a hands-on learner that just needs something a little extra for their cartography lesson. Now you can make geography fun with chalk pastels! #homeschoolgeography #geography #chalkpastels #chalkpastelart #chalkpastelgeography #chalkpastelmaps #homeschoolart
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Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Art is an exceptional activity for strengthening parent-child relationships. With the crispness of the fall air and the rustle of fallen leaves, it is a great time to explore fall art with your kids. Using chalk pastels you can create both beautiful artwork and lasting memories while nurturing your connection.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Pie, Chalk Pastels, and One-On-One Time

“Can we just eat pie and color with chalk pastels?”, my daughter asked.

Why yes. Yes, we can! I mean why not? The idea sounded lovely.

“Woohooo! Girl Time! Just you and me!”, she exclaimed loudly.

My 7-year old’s face lit up like the sun when I agreed to pie and art. Just the two of us. She calls this our girl time. I call it our one-on-one time.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Do you make space for one-on-one time with your kiddos? Spending quality time together is a wonderful way to build your relationship. It can be just a few minutes of uninterrupted time talking about their favorite things, playing a beloved board game, even cooking a meal together. It’s a crazy busy world out there, but our kids need us to connect with them in meaningful ways.

For us, it was an afternoon of apple pie, ice cream, apple cider, and fall art chalk pastels! Art is my daughter’s love language. She eats, breathes, and lives for art. She is constantly creating, drawing, and coming up with new ideas. So, for me to spend this time with her doing what she loves is quite special and it strengthens our mother-daughter bond. 

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Luckily for us, Papa had just brought home an apple pie from the bakery. I dug around in the freezer until I found the vanilla ice cream. And then to top it all off I made some apple cider too. I served all of this on our poetry teatime tea set. It just made everything feel a bit more special.

All that was needed now was our chalk pastels, construction paper, and of course our beloved Nana from You ARE An Artist!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

My kids and I have adored Nana for years! When we mention Nana, we always must clarify if we’re talking about my mom OR chalk pastels Nana! It’s a delightful problem to have. That’s because Nana has been a part of our family and homeschool journey for years! Ever since we first discovered Chalk Pastels back in 2017! That’s saying something, folks!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

My daughter was over the moon excited to get to eat apple pie and ice cream while drawing apple pie with ice cream with Nana! Nana is the best at reminding us that there are no mistakes in art and that we are always an artist.

The only thing that could have possibly made this better might have been real pumpkins and candied apples in addition to our apple pie and ice cream. The reason? She got to draw those too!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Fall Art with Chalk Pastels

When we got to the campfire and roasted marshmallows, she declared that we must start a fire in the firepit and make campfire s’ mores!

Maybe tomorrow…She had already had enough sugar for one day, ha!

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

 

Fall Art Using You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership

In all the years we’ve been doing chalk pastels I don’t believe we’ve ever done the same lesson twice. That’s because there is 600+ chalk pastel lessons available through the Clubhouse membership!

Did you know that with the You ARE AN Artist Clubhouse Membership you get a bank of art lessons to choose from for ALL ages! Here is a sampling of the fall-themed art that we had access too:

  • Acorn
  • Apple or Pumpkin
  • Apple Pie and Ice Cream
  • Brilliant Fall Trees
  • Caramel Apple
  • Fall Leaf
  • Fall Nature Walk
  • Fall Trees  
  • Fall Trees acrylic
  • Fall Tree Reflection
  • Fall Tree Reflection acrylic
  • Fall Walk in the Woods
  • Little Church in the Woods
  • Mittens, Scarf and Hot Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Roasting Marshmallows Around the Campfire
  • Thanksgiving Table Turkey
  • Wind in the Tree 

But the Fall Art Lessons are wonderful too if you’re not interested in the Clubhouse membership but you are interested in trying some fall art.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Wonderful Moments with Fall Art

This quality one-on-one time together eating ice cream, enjoying apple cider, and creating art together is priceless. The chalk dust on our hands was nothing compared to the joy in our hearts. If you have a kiddo that loves art, even if you don’t, give the simple chalk pastel a try. You may be surprised at just how easy they are. I wouldn’t trade these fall days of one-on-one time for anything. They are worth their weight in pie.

Fall Art and One-On-One Time with Kids

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.

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Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrate the winter solstice with your kids with chalk pastels winter themed art! They are easy and fun for the whole family.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art: Kids will love making winter solstice chalk pastel art with the You ARE An Artist clubhouse. Chalk pastels are perfect for any age and celebrating the winter solstice just got easier! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #wintersolstice #winterart #artforkids #wintersolsticeart

For years we have made a tradition of celebrating the shortest day and longest night of the year. These Winter Solstice Activities & Books have been perfect as we learned the science behind the winter solstice while making orange pomanders, orange garland, and delicious sun bread. With the winter solstice marking the first day of winter I thought, “why not add a little winter themed art this year?”

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

How about making some scones and tea to go along with our winter solstice art time? My son and daughter helped me prepare the scones and steep the tea. We set the table and logged into our clubhouse membership. I simply searched for “winter” and a whole slew of options popped up! The kiddos decided to start with the frost-covered leaf.

My daughter made her frosted leaf magical. She said it was touched by the autumn and winter fairies! Can you see the magic swirling around it?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Next, we chose a moonlit bridge and frozen lake while continuing to sip tea and slather extra butter on our scones. It was a big hit! And nothing says winter like winter landscape scenes!

We just adore how “Nana” walks us through step-by-step in creating these snowy works of art! She always reminds us that we are the artist and that we don’t have to choose the same colors she does or add the same trees where she does. She encourages us to make it our own.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

My daughter added holiday lights to her bridge and a lovely reflection of the moon to her frozen lake. Can you tell which one is hers?

I just love her creativity!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

How about a deer standing in the snowy woods for a first day of winter creative project? Although initially, my son said his looked more like a silver-back gorilla, ha! I thought they turned out lovely.

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful northern lights! After creating these magnificent works of art, we watched a video all about them. It was a great way to mix in a bit of extra science and beauty!

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Chalk Pastels Clubhouse Winter Art

Did you know that with the Chalk Pastels Clubhouse you have access to ALL of their winter-themed art along with 600+ other art lessons? It’s true! Here are just some of the winter art course lessons you can do with the clubhouse membership:

  • Fireplace (A Simple Start)
  • Frost
  • Icicles
  • Frozen lake
  • Winter forest scene with deer
  • Bird in snow
  • Northern Lights (Essential Oils)
  • Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening (Master Classes)
  • Winter Tree Reflection Acrylic (Master Classes)
  • Snowman (Preschool)
  • Skate (Winter Games)
Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art

Winter Solstice Art for Kids

We thoroughly enjoyed our buttered scones, tea, and winter art time. My son declared that homeschool art days are his favorite days! I think that’s saying something, folks. Though winter can be cold and dreary, art, it seems, warms our hearts and souls. Why not give the shortest day and longest night of the year the warmth of art this year?

Winter Solstice Chalk Pastel Art: Kids will love making winter solstice chalk pastel art with the You ARE An Artist clubhouse. Chalk pastels are perfect for any age and celebrating the winter solstice just got easier! #YouAREAnArtist #chalkpastels #wintersolstice #winterart #artforkids #wintersolsticeart

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.