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I’m SO excited to be appearing again on Living Dayton on Friday, May 27! This time, I’ll be sharing 5 fun Memorial Day weekend activities to do with your kids that I KNOW they will absolutely love! Look for my appearance during the live broadcast from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. 🙂
Instead of doing one giant blog post with info on all five activities, I’ve decided to split it up into a series of posts between now and Memorial Day. Today, I’m sharing our experience making some easy, homemade sidewalk chalk paint!
I’ve wanted to make this with my son for SO long now, and I was thrilled that it couldn’t have been simpler to make! I was inspired by this post and decided to give it a shot. It turned out great!
First, here’s the basic recipe for Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
1 part cornstarch
1 part water
2-3 drops of food coloring
We picked up a basic muffin tin at Walmart for less than a dollar. (This now officially becomes a craft muffin tin and I won’t have to worry about keeping it super clean for baking!)
Then, we mixed our cornstarch and water in each hole. We started with 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 Tablespoon of water in each section. I thought this may not be enough, but because the paint is so thin, it actually ended up being just the right amount when we took it outside. This also helped cut down on the spill-age factor walking through the house. 🙂
I should also mention that I let my three-year-old help with the mixing and pouring, so our measurements were definitely not exact. But it didn’t matter! The recipe was very forgiving.
After stirring each section (which was kind of hard at first – the cornstarch and water start to bind and get really sticky!), we added our food coloring. We only used 2 drops for each section, and it was just the right amount. Of course, you could always add more to make the colors darker.
This also turned into a fun lesson about what happens when you mix two colors!
Do you see our “purple” up there? Ended up looking a little more black than purple… Oh well.
Then we took the paint outside!
The paint went on really thin at first, but as it dried, it got a more vivid “chalk-like” texture that was really neat. Seeing the wet colors blend on the sidewalk also made for some really neat, new colors! I loved the turquoise that came out of mixing the green and blue.
When Dylan was done with his masterpiece, the muffin tin was totally messy! Luckily, it all rinsed out with hardly any mess. Yay!
I hope you’ll try this inexpensive, easy, fun outdoor activity with your little ones this weekend! If you do, please let me know. I LOVE hearing from you! 🙂