You will need for Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
- 1 Cup of Corn Starch
- 1 Cup of Water
- Food Coloring
- A Muffin Tin
- Foam Paint Brushes
Mix the corn starch and the water together really well. It will be tough to stir at first, but as the corn starch mixes with the water it will get much easier to stir. I like making this in a container with a spout, so it is easier to pour it into the muffin tin.
Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup and stir it with a spoon until the colors are well blended and vibrant.
You will need for Sidewalk Chalk Spray Paint:
- 1 Cup Corn Starch
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 2 Cups Water
- Food Coloring
- Spray Bottles
Mix the corn starch, baking soda and water together in a container with a spout until well blended. Pour some of the mixture into various spray bottles. Add a few drops of food coloring to each spray bottle and then shake it side to side until well mixed. You don’t want the straw in the spray bottle to touch the bottom or it will get gummed up.
My kids can seriously spend hours outside painting with these different paints. The paints are so much more vibrant than normal sidewalk chalk and it is much easier to fill in their drawings with color.
We also love to take it a step further and play some games with the paints too. We will mark lines on the sidewalk and then do a bean bag toss game to see who can toss the beanbag the furthest. Then we will start making up silly stipulations, like who can toss the bean bag the furthest while hopping on one foot, or throwing it backwards over their shoulder.
My 7-year-old also loves to play tic-tac-toe with the paints too. She is always pine cones and I am rocks.
This paint really does just wash away. My kids usually end up coated in it and I have never had it stain any clothes, even the really vibrant colors. The paint also comes off the bricks and other items my kids have painted outside.
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Do your kids love chalk as much as mine do?
kelly denton says
Great idea and fun way to conquer the pain and enjoy time with the kids. #client
Masshole Mommy says
We've made this a few times and my kids love it. It's so much fun in the summer time.
Rachel Langer says
I just love these! My boys are a bit older but I bet they will still have fun with this.
Karen Morse says
What a fun activity! Love sidewalk chalk and all the fun memories it brings! It also brightens up the boring sidewalk, so thats a win-win!
Karen | GlamKaren.com
Lauren G says
This sounds like a fun but easy activity to do with your kids! I never would have thought that food coloring would wash off easy.
Terri Steffes says
These look like fun. I bet there are a lot of elementary teachers who would love this idea! Sharing it on my school Pinterest board!
Tanya @ Moms Small Victories says
I'm one of the 53 million but I have the lesser common rheumatoid (or autoimmune) arthritis. I totally hear you about popping the Advil and keep on going. As a mom of 3 boys, I've had to turn to Advil plenty of nights after long fun busy days when my body just couldn't take anymore. Advil definitely helps me!
And that chalk paint looks fun. My little guys love sidewalk chalk.
Amber N says
My kids love sidewalk chalk and paint. Anything they can do outdoors is right up their alley. Going to try this!
Julie is Coco and Cocoa says
I love the spray idea! I don't think I've ever seen that before. I'm going to have the kids make some the next time we go to Grandma's house.
What a cool idea! I can't wait until my little girl is old enough to do fun activities like this!
Omg I never thought of making chalk paint!!!! My daughter would love it. Definitely need to make some for my daughter:)
Tough Cookie Mommy says
My younger son loves using chalk on the sidewalk to create art. I love the idea of being able to make this sidewalk chalk paint right at home.
Megan McCoig says
This takes me back! I used to love doing this as a kid, especially with my best friend. Such a fun activity, and everyone can join in 🙂
Hannah Adkins says
These are perfect to make for spring and summer when the weather is nice so they can go outside and have fun with it 🙂
Kid Minds says
Oh my gosh, sorry to hear about your arthritis. I'm glad to hear you found something that works. We definitely like sidewalk chalk paint. We haven't made it this year yet, but I use the same recipe cornstarch, water and coloring.
Inside The Fox Den says
What a fun summer activity! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!