A clean alternative to painting - something I have recently seen on Art for Little Hands as well as Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. I needed a way to keep Mina busy on this particular afternoon so I could work on getting homework done with my 7 year old. I took a paint brush and a cup of water to the chalk board and let her take the ropes.
The chalkboard had not been erased from some "playing school" the previous day and had some words written on it. Mina immediately began tracing over the letters. Wow, I didn't know this was going to be an educational experience for her. Even better! I had never thought to have her trace letters before, but I can see now that she is ready.
Eventually, after she had gone over all the letters on the board she began to fill in the spaces and "paint" with the water. Once the water would start to dry, she would start over again. This kept her busy for a good 30 minutes or so - enough time for me to watch over my 7 year old as she completed her homework.