Monday on my way home from work, we had a horrid dust storm. Winds gusting over 50 miles per hour carried so much dust off the West Desert (say that in a deep ominous voice like my kids and husband do) that I couldn’t see the mountains. That’s a heap o’ dirt in the air (and in my lungs and on my pristine new white sweater that I wore). The violent splats of rain plastered dirt splotches all over our car. It looks pathetic.
Not much sunshine that day.
But today! Sunshine is slip slidin’ all around, bringing joy and happiness (and dryness) after the soggy, grey month of May. Can’t let that sunshine go to waste. So why not use it to create shadow art with your grandchildren?
Grab your sidewalk chalk and head outside. Strike a funny pose and have your grandchild draw an outline around your shadow. Then, she can color in your shadow adding features (like polka dots on your blouse, a hairy wart on your nose, or sunglasses on your face). You can also outline your grandchild’s shadow.
Bring out some props — hats, silk flowers from your expensive floral arrangement, books, toys, spatulas, an umbrella — anything that would help create an intriguing shadow. Include shadows of grandpa, the neighbor’s dog, and the mailman if you can convince him to pause long enough.
Start outlining and don’t finish until your whole driveway and sidewalk is filled with shadow art. If you don’t like how something turned out, simple hose down the sidewalk with water. Take pictures of your fine art and frame it or mail them off to other family memers who live far away. (Have your grandchildren who don’t live nearby create their own shadow art and send you pictures of it.)
What fun pictures have you made with sidewalk chalk?