How to Make Awesome Drawings with Chalk on Foam Trays

Reuse foam trays for a process art activity. Not only does this activity require minimal setup, it recycles a common household item. Have fun making chalk drawings in this creative art activity.

 Foam tray chalk drawings

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We're always excited to find new opportunities for process art and this is one activity that is a sure winner. Chalk is a wonderful art tool that can be used just about anywhere, including sidewalks, cardboard, and, of course, chalkboards.

We discovered that a simple foam tray is another surface that is perfect for writing and drawing on with chalk.

Chalk drawings on foam trays

We have a recycling program in our community that includes foam trays but I always like to use them in craft projects before sending them to the blue bag. This just makes life a little 'greener'. 

Related: How to paint pumpkin pictures on foam trays.


I use foam trays that come with our baked goods rather than meat products to ensure safe handling, even though the trays are washed before we use them.



Materials for chalk drawings


  • clean foam trays
  • chalk


 Chalk drawings creative art activity

Drawing with chalk on a foam tray is a fun activity that really needs no instructions!

Grab a few clean foam trays and some colored chalk and you are ready for an open-ended art activity.


Chalk art on foam tray


We found it easiest to draw with white chalk on black foam trays. 

This prompted us to make lots of ghost drawings.

Try different colors of chalk and trays, if available, to explore the materials.


Tic tac toe chalk drawing

This is one of our favorite games and so easy to play with chalk on a foam tray.

The chalk can be wiped away with a dry cloth or tissue. Eventually the foam tray will become embedded with lines and squiggles, especially if kids tend to press down firmly on the tray with the piece of chalk.

You can also wipe the tray with a damp cloth to remove the chalk but sooner rather than later you will have to go to a 'new' recycled tray.


Chalk art for preschoolers



More fun chalk activities from kid bloggers:

Measuring Chalk Drawings: Math for Kids

Chalk Drawing - Creating a Face

Chalk Skeleton Craft

Chalk on the Trampoline


Find more fun activities on our Crafts Pinterest board.


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