11.07.2012

DIY giant subway art with chalk - GRATITUDE



November just naturally comes with a sense of gratitude and "counting our blessings". There are lots of fun ways to reflect on all that we are Thankful for but this year my family decided we would shout it to the world....errr...maybe really just our neighborhood! ha ha ha...

We created a GIANT version of subway art with chalk covering our entire driveway all in theme of "We are grateful for..." 


I pulled out all the left over sidewalk chalk and chalk niblets (you know what I'm talking about) and set to work covering the entire driveway!


A couple of tricks: 

1. Write in different directions


2. Write in different sizes and fonts - we used cursive, all caps, bubble letters, etc. Think small, extra big and all sizes in between! And I love that it also captures the handwriting ability and spelling of the different ages of my kids too! (this says "I "heart" my Family") 


3. Include some pictures - We used hearts, clock, bike, stick people, etc. Plus it's a great way for little ones to make their mark who aren't that skilled yet at writing letters and spelling words.


4. Play with color! - mixing up the colors just made it extra fun and interesting to look at!


So declare it for all to see what you are thankful for this season! It was a great family activity to get all chalked up together, think about enough things to fill the driveway and help my kids really reflect on all our blessings! (plus with the recent Hurricane Sandy and our own windstorm a year ago in December it was a great teaching moment too to not take for granted all the "luxuries" like electricity, clean water, heat, etc that we use everyday without thinking about them.)

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I'll be linking up and sharing HERE! 
If you give this a try not matter how big or small I'd love it if you shared a picture with me!

Interested in more ideas of how to teach gratitude this November? Come back Friday for a whole list of ideas!

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22 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and fun idea! Seeing this just makes me smile.... I can only imagine how much it makes your neighbors smile too!

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    1. It was really fun! might even become a tradition! :)

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  2. Um - how freaking awesome is this?!? I bet the whole neighborhood was coming by to read your driveway! :)

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    1. It sure adds color to the neighborhood street! :)

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  3. Just stopping by to invite you to My Wednesday Linky party. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-linky-party-7.html

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  4. That is such an excellent family activity! I love the idea. Too bad we already got our first taste of snow today :(

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    1. oh darn! we had some snow a bit again and then temperatures went back up! now we are supposed to get snow again this weekend :)

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    2. you can always pin it as a reminder to go next year! ;)

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  5. That is a great idea! Too bad we don't have a paved driveway :(

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    1. oh darn!!! maybe you can be creative and think of another way to make it work! :)

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  6. Now that looks like it was fun to create. Very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks! If you try it please share a picture!

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  7. I absolutely love your idea! We have a sidewalk track in our backyard. It would be so fun to fill it up! (If only we could keep the sprinklers from washing it away. I live in the desert. Yes, we still actually water the lawn in November!) I'm totally inspired. Thanks!

    I'm hosting a huge Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Linky Party at OneCreativeMommy.com. It's hosted by seven different sites. If you haven't already, I'd love it if you linked this great idea to share with all of our readers.

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    1. What a fun way to do it on the sidewalk track!!! please send a picture if you do it! ;)

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  8. This is such an adorable idea! I love it! The kids must have been super proud of their work :-)

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    1. They have loved creating it and looking at it each day! plus explaining it to neighbors and friends! :)

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  9. You are seriously full of the funnest ideas!!!

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    1. LOL! thanks!!! it's fun to be a fun mom :)

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  10. This is such a great idea. I will be doing this with my kids. I am featuring this Saturday at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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    1. Thanks MIchelle!!! have a great Thanksgiving!!!

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  11. where we live we can't do that outside, but year after year we cover a door with the backside of wrapping paper and cover it just as you do your driveway. Then whenever you walk by it all day long, you are reminded and can add to it all the time too!

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  12. This is such a fun idea! My boys would love this for sure!

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