Thursday, June 27, 2013

A spin on sidewalk chalk

Summer is in full swing and my daughter and I are tackling our summer fun list. Yeah, I changed the name. 'Bucket list' makes it all sound a little too morbid. 'Summer fun list' is a much more suitable name.  Our first craft project of the summer was making sidewalk chalk paint.  This is a simple way of putting a new twist on sidewalk chalk in order to get kids excited again about creating works of art on the driveway. You will need several small containers (however many colors you wish to make).  We used four small plastic containers bought at the dollar store. 

In each container add 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch.  Add 4 Tablespoons of water to each container and stir slowly.  Add 6-8 drops of food coloring and get creative with mixing colors. Stir slowly again.  Use paintbrushes, rollers, sponges, etc. to create your works of art.

The colors take a minute to dry so don't let children get discouraged.  Once the mixture dries a little the colors are very vibrant. Don't be afraid of putting food coloring on the driveway.  Our creations easily washed off. Even when the hot sun got to her and we moved to the shade of the porch, a hose easily washed it away.  I bought the containers with lids thinking we could save the mix.  However, she used it all up! No problem...they only take a few minutes to mix together and get started again another day.

1 comment:

  1. My daughter loves chalk paint. She likes to just dump it and swirl it around. It looks like a Rainbow Brite massacre when it rains..