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Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It’s Christmas chalk pastel joy.

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Chalk Pastel Christmas Homeschool

There are so many ways to make this time of year truly special. But, let’s face it. The holidays can be chaotic.

I for one like to put away the “academics” and focus more on what I like to call “Christmas School!”

It’s all about building relationships and focusing on what this time of year is all about.

“Christmas School” may include the study of:

  • Religious Significance
  • Holiday Baking and Cooking
  • Christmas Crafts or Homemade Gifts
  • Decorating
  • Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community

Did you know that we’ve even turned tracking Santa on Christmas Eve into a family fun geography event?

We still incorporate loads of read alouds, and games into December as well.

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy

But art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities.

There is just something about art that is so delightful. It simply brings joy to our lives. We love to incorporate chalk pastels into our holiday plans because:

  1. They are quick (most lessons are only 10-15 minutes long)
  2. Chalk Pastels are easy to use for preschoolers through adults
  3. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper

That’s it!

Plus, art makes a great gift.

These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Even if you find your holiday schedule chaotic, there is time for Christmas art.

Now, throw in some Christmas goodies, and twinkle lights and you’ve got memories in the making. You can make your own homemade treats or pick something up from the store.

My kiddos are particularly fond of cakes, cookies, and pie with their hot cocoa. Keep a good supply of your child’s favorites on hand.

Alexa, play Christmas carols.

Turn on the Christmas Music

I love playing Christmas carols first thing in the morning during the month of December. It seems to set the tone for a tranquil and joyful day. Did you know that you can do a Christmas Carol Study with SQUILT on many of the Christmas Carols you may already be listening too? We have truly enjoyed learning about the history and origins of many Christmas Carols. Last year we even did a Unit Study on The Nutcracker.

I usually have Christmas music playing softly in the background as we dive into our holiday art!

Yes, I participate too! Art is more fun when it is shared!

We string lights all around. Even on our homeschool table and books. Twinkly lights just fill us with a cozy warmth.

I also like to leave our chalk pastels out for easy access, because my kids will use them all month long… and have for years!

There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want! This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

Easy Christmas Art for Kids

With the Complete Clubhouse membership, we have access to a whole of holiday chalk pastel tutorials including:

  • Christmas Video Art Lessons
  • Nutcracker Video Art Lessons
  • Teatime Art Lessons including Charlie Brown Christmas and more

There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!

This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

There is even going to be a “How to draw” the Biblical map of Bethlehem! This will go beautifully with the Christmas Star of Bethlehem chalk pastel the kids did.

Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastel joy!

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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How To Make Time for Preschool Art

It happens to all of us. We carefully plan our homeschool days and weeks, but we are so busy trying to cover all of the things that we often skip the most fun thing – art! Yep, we have all done it.

By the end of the day, most of us have homeschooled multiple children in multiple grade levels, and we are tired, spent, and some days just plain over it. But what we are skipping could actually be the subject that refreshes and renews our souls. Especially those little bitty souls.

Early learners need lots of play-based learning and time creating. We have to make time for preschool art in our homes and homeschools. Art is essential to the mental, social, and emotional growth of our early learners. Art is also a fantastic way to satisfy children’s natural curiosity for exploration and  experimentation.

How To Make Time for Preschool Art

So the question remains, how can we make time to include art? Here are 7 tips to help you plan and cover art in your preschool or homeschool each week.

1. No Pressure. Choose a realistic goal for how often you can include art. If daily seems like too much for you, no problem. Choose one project per week to include.

2. Incorporate Art In Your Lessons. It’s common for preschool lessons to be thematic. Luckily, a program like You Are An Artist is designed to help you easily choose a project to include with each theme. For example, if you are learning about farm animals, you can pick preschool farm art lessons from You Are An Artist with hardly any prep at all.The easiest and most affordable way to do this is with a membership.

3. Easy Mediums. There are plenty of art mediums to choose from, but pick one that feels most natural to your family. One of the reasons that chalk pastel art is so simple to blend into your homeschool is that there is little to prep or plan on your part. You hardly need any supplies, and that makes art incredibly effortless when you don’t need to gather up a lot of supplies beforehand. With chalk pastels, you only need construction paper, an affordable starter set of chalk pastels, and optional baby wipes for quick clean up.

4. Make It Fun. An excellent way to add art into your home consistently is to choose a day that is always art day. In our house, we have “Fun Fridays” and almost always end up adding in a chalk pastel art lesson. We may include our art project into weekly poetry tea time or enjoy a seasonal or holiday art lesson for the day. Whatever you decide, designating an art day or a fun learning day each week is a great way to make sure it doesn’t get skipped each week.

5. Explore with Nature. Preschoolers naturally love nature study, everything from exploring in the backyard to learning all about the seasons are sure to excite your early learner. Incorporate chalk pastel lessons as you learn about all of these things.

6. Include The Family. If you have children of all ages in your homeschool, there may be few subjects that you can combine. Another one of the perks of using You Are An Artist is that the whole family can join in on the fun. Chalk pastel art has no age requirements, and mom can even join in on the fun! We highly recommend it.

7. Plan Outside Of The Box. There are no rules for teaching preschool or homeschool, for that matter. You can plan to add art at the beginning of the day, along with morning time, or on a Saturday. If you feel like you don’t have time to include art into your daily routine, think about planning art during another part of your day and week. Maybe dad would like to join in the fun after dinner on Friday night. Be flexible and plan outside of your typical box.

I hope these ideas are helpful to you as you begin to plan in more art for your precious preschoolers. Art time with Nana is a big deal around our house, and I know it will be in yours too!

Courtney 

www.gracegrowedify.com

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Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, who believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home.

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Easy Mommy and Me Art Time with Chalk Pastels

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

How Our Mommy and Me Art Time with Chalk Pastels Started

Our mommy and me art time evolved from our practice of the Brave Writer’s lifestyle of poetry teatime. The idea behind this homeschool teatime is that you set aside one day a week to enjoy poetry.

  • Set the table with candles and attractive dishes or decorations
  • Serve a lovely beverage like tea, cider or in our case hot chocolate
  • Serve something yummy to eat like cookies or pie
  • Pile the table with poetry books from the library and from your bookshelves
  • Make it fun

The children developed such joy from our poetry teatime and one day it spilled over into our homeschool art time.

So it happened last December I found our Christmas chalk pastel art lessons helped me make a chaotic holiday weekend just a little bit more delightful!

We added hot cocoa and some pumpkin pie to this chalk pastel activity. I even joined in.

It was so fun!

And thus, our mommy and me art time was born!

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!My kiddos and I love the one on one time that art provides us. The kids and I connect as we each follow the art lessons that You ARE An Artist supplies.

We have been using chalk pastels video art lessons for years! It is a favorite of ours for easy and fun art lessons.

Why?

Because all you need are a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper to create beautiful works of art! Plus, anyone can do them from Pre-schoolers through adult.

But, when I saw the bit of magic that happened when I added myself along with the cocoa and pie, I realized that art time could be so much more.

Now, I make it a point to add in our mommy and me art time with chalk pastels weekly!

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

So, here is how I create an easy mommy and me time with chalk pastels:

  • Let the children pick which chalk pastel video art lesson they want to do. You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership makes this super simple because you get a bank of art lessons for all ages, plus new art lessons from “Nana” and themed art events throughout the year. Or you can choose from any number of video art lessons. One day my kids may be interested in backyard birds and another day they may choose a green-eyed tree frog or exploring spring.
  • Provide tasty treats and beverages! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Refill as needed.

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

  • Sometimes we incorporate books based on seasons or animals the children have expressed interest in or sometimes it’s a bit of poetry.
  • Leave your expectations at the door and just enjoy this time with your kids. Work alongside them as you both create your works of art.
  • Do your best and cheer your kiddos on as they do their best too! As “Nana” always says, “You ARE An Artist!” Expect pastel covered fingers and beverage spillage. I keep a roll of paper towels nearby for just such occasions.

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

Take Time for Art and Connection

Taking the time to create art with your kids shows them that it is worth doing. As you connect with your child, they will see that art is interesting and fun. It shows them that you are engaged while also building your relationship through an easy and fun shared activity.

Art is just one way to provide quality one-on-one time with your kiddo. But for us, it has become an easy yet vital component to building strong bonds and the filling of their buckets while encouraging creativity and connection.

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship?

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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Favorite Chalk Pastel Art Sets

For over a decade now, we have built a love of art with Nana and our favorite art medium – chalk pastels. In that time, we have decided on our favorite chalk pastel art sets. Because we are a multi-generational homeschool family, we like to keep things frugal – so all ages can enjoy rich art at a low cost. We found that Alphacolor has really wonderful, student-grade chalk pastel art sets. These sets are full of beautiful sticks of color!

Speaking of favorites, our true favorites are you artists! We love to see your photos of your beautiful chalk pastel paintings. We love having you in our You ARE an Artist Clubhouse. And so we are giving away some of our favorite chalk pastel art sets.

we have built a love of art with Nana and our favorite art medium – chalk pastels. In that time we have decided on our favorite chalk pastel art sets.

We are celebrating you! And we are celebrating our I Drew It Then I Knew It series of chalk pastel art lessons. (You should check those out!)

AND, as of November 2019, Nana has over 530 video art lessons and 50 courses in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse! Wow!

Enter to win a set of our very favorite chalk pastels – Alphacolor 144 chalk pastel sticks – in the rafflecopter widget below…
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Favorite Chalk Pastel Art Sets and More

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Chalk Pastel Art Applying Fixative

In this video, Nana shows you how to apply a fixative to your finished chalk pastel painting. By applying fixative such as a simple layer of inexpensive aerosol hair spray, you can preserve your chalk pastel art. Nana also discusses framing a chalk pastel painting under glass.

Chalk Pastel Art Applying Fixative


Suggested supplies for applying fixative:

  • Finished chalk pastel painting.
  • Inexpensive hair spray works as well as more expensive art sealant.
  • Go outdoors to apply if at all possible!

Chalk Pastel Art Applying Fixative. Nana shows you how to apply a fixative to your finished chalk pastel painting using inexpensive aerosol hair spray.

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