Sometimes you just need a project that a kid can do on their own while you do dishes, answer a phone call, fold laundry, mop the kitchen floor, sit around and eat chocolate. You know, so you can have a few precious moments to yourself. This is one of my go-to projects.
In the summer it is a great project for the front or back porch. In the winter, I tape down a piece of butcher paper or a brown paper bag and let Clara go for it. Then I get out our bucket of chalk and either a bowl or small bucket of water. Chalk is fun because the way that it draws when it is dry is completely different from the way it draws when it is wet. Same with the surface that you are writing on. So, experimentation is in order. And Clara loves this experiment over and over and over. When everything is done, just wipe it up with a wash rag, change the shirt and throw it in the laundry if necessary, and everything will wash right out. It is chalk, after all.