To make your own homemade sidewalk chalk paint, you will only need three ingredients ~ water, corn starch and a little food coloring. Quite possibly the simplest project with the kids ever! So simple in fact, I let the kids make the whole thing. They chose to make our first batch in purple, orange, green and blue but it wasn’t long before we had to come back in for a resupply. That’s when they cooked up some pretty neat red and neon green. The colors turned out so gorgeous, in a pastel sort of way.
I found this recipe for Sidewalk Chalk Paint on the Family Fun website and knew right away it would be the perfect post nap activity. Bonus points since I already had all the supplies needed for this on hand.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe
To make you own, you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Corn Starch
- Food Coloring in assorted colors
- Paint Brushes
- Leftover Containers
- A clear patch of concrete
I found a great step-by-step photo tutorial for you over at the Petite Elephant. Note: I only used between 6-10 drops of food coloring for each paint color (and made one recipe’s worth of each color). I read later, on at the Idea Room, that adding too much food coloring could potentially stain your driveway.
This was such an easy craft (even Dads could do it) and fun outdoor activity for the kids. The results were so cool I think it would be a great activity for kids, in school, for a play date, a birthday party or any event with lots of kids.
The paint has a nice chalky texture when it dries and can even be painted over again with water (when you run out of paint) to create a new blended look (see pic below).
All three of my children (ages 1-4) were able to participate in this summer boredom buster and the fun lasted for well over an hour so that ranks up there pretty high on my scale of activities for kids.
Let me know if you give this a try, I can’t wait to see pics. (Here’s a few pics of us in action)