just draw on the sidewalk or patio with the chalk...
and then paint over it with an old brush dipped in water...
use your hands too, if you want...
the kids loved this. and they did it for a long time! a little secret...if you want them to do activities like this for longer periods of time, do it with them! don't tell me, "i can't draw...i can only draw stick figures." well, draw stick figures with them. kids don't care! trust me...they will love it.
in fact, this was so popular that when we had some friends over for a bbq in our backyard the next weekend, i pulled out the stuff again. we don't have a sidewalk back there, so they painted our tree stumps. for a long time! and the stumps looked really cool afterwards.
and, i don't know about you guys, but i say bring on the spring.
so this week, here's to spring!
p.s. i thought about giving a disclaimer that said that this is pretty messy, but then i realized that you guys are all so smart, i didn't need to tell you that :)