Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

The other night, Shawn came home from work exhausted, so after dinner, I decided to find a little activity that Hannah and I could do outside so that he could rest for a while. 

We made sidewalk chalk paint!
It’s super easy and really cheap.

You’ll need: 
cold water 
corn starch
food coloring
paint brushes
dishes or containers for the paint

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Mix 1/4 cup cold water and 1/4 cup corn starch.  (Put the corn starch in first and then add the water. It mixes up way easier this way.)

Add food coloring.

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Go crazy. 
Mix colors. 
This is a great lesson about primary and secondary colors for preschoolers.

Then let your little artist go to town.
Or to the driveway.  Whatevs. 
As the paint dries, it looks just like chalk!

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We started out with sponge brushes, but they got torn up pretty quickly by the cement, so we found some regular old brushes in the garage.

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Oh, and don’t forget to wear a strand of purple beads. 

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(Sometimes she’s a righty, sometimes a lefty.)

We used up nearly every drop of paint. 
Next time, I think we’ll double our recipe.

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Clean up is easy. 
Hose down the driveway.  Or don’t.  Just wait for a big rain.
Toss the containers in the dishwasher and the kiddo in the bathtub. 

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Happy painting!

1 comment:

  1. She is so cute. And yes, I think the strand of purple beads is a MUST when sidewalk painting. If we did that at my house it would be there for a year because that's about how often we get rain.

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