The other day I bought my two and four year olds some big spray bottles from Walmart's garden section (they're as entertaining as squirt guns with less need to refill constantly). Once we got home, the four year old instantly starting torturing his sister. I started pointing out alternatives to aiming the stream of water at his sister's face like trees and rocks, etc. and then it hit me (an idea, not the water).
I drew some chalk targets on our gate for him to spray off. I put some letters he knew, some he didn't know, and some shapes so the two year old could play too.
disappearing chalk letters and bedtime stars, with some inspiration from this post about letter sounds and sight word spray from Train Up a Child and this post about squirt gun targets from Ready Set. Read! thrown in.)
Chalk by Bill Thomson. It's a wordless picture book with beautiful mixed media illustrations showing three friends in the park on a rainy day. They find a bag of chalk and the first friend draws a sun. The sun comes out! The second friend draws some butterflies and the butterflies magically appear. The third friend draws a dinosaur and it, too, comes to life! Unfortunately. the dinosaur is big and scary and wants to chase them so they come up with a very clever solution.
And I just had to share this picture of the chalk city we found in the cul-de-sac down our street. There was even a Chuck E. Cheese's and McDonald's. The neighbor girls were busy at work!