One of the things I love about blogging is that I can go back and find some of the fun things we’ve done previously to do again. One of the rewards on Dylan’s Summer Fun Chart is make Sidewalk Chalk Paint as we did last year. This time around we had a couple of friends over whom helped us decide which colors to mix together. I love having them pick two colors and we mix them together to see what they make.
Dylan mixing up a tray of colors
Last year it got quite messy mixing up the paints so I was smarter this year and got a plastic table cloth from Dollar Tree to put under everything. Once we were done, it was so easy to wipe clean, dry and put it away until we do another activity.
What you need: plastic table cloth (optional), cornstarch, water, food colors, muffin tins or other small cups, various paint brushes, measuring cups.
To make the paints: Mix equal parts of water and cornstarch in a container. I used a four cup measuring cup and mixed 1 1/2 cups of cornstarch with 1 1/2 cups of water. The kids then took turns smooshing the cornstarch up in the water with their fingers until it was dissolved.
Next, I poured the mixture into clean muffin tins. I did need to make the cornstarch mixture another 2-3 times so we had plenty of paint for all the kids. Have the kids decide which colors to mix into each muffin tin. We were able to make green, red, blue, yellow, purple, orange and then the kids got real creative making brown and lighter and darker colors.
Time to paint: Now the fun really begins! We have an asphalt driveway that we used our sidewalk chalk paint on. The paints go on very light and watery. However, once they dry, the colors become very vibrant and it’s a lot of fun to see how the kid’s pictures come out. You can also add a little more cornstarch if the paints seem a little watery. I found that a little more cornstarch did help make the paint thicker.
My boys and a friend using their sidewalk chalk paint
Clean up will happen the next time it rains so enjoy it until it is all washed away!