The other day, we had a nice sunny afternoon and my kids needed an activity to do outside so they would stop bugging me and each other. We whipped up some sidewalk chalk paint originally so they could paint on the fence, but it worked a lot better on the sidewalk and fire pit.
Sidewalk chalk paint is so easy to make. After making the first batch, my 10 year old kept making more and more for the next two days and painting on our sidewalk and street. And there are only three ingredients.
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Liquid Watercolors or Food Coloring
1 TBS measuring spoon
Take your paint cups and put 2 TBS of cornstarch in them. We’ve had these paint cups for a few years and they work great. I don’t usually have plastic cups to use and I don’t like using my mugs, so these are perfect! I love that they have the lid that looks like a funnel. If it tips over, the paint doesn’t spill. And they help the cup stay upright instead of tipping over when the paint brush is inside because the paint brush isn’t putting it’s weight on the edge of the cup, it’s in the middle.
Add water and mix. I didn’t fill the cup all the way. I filled it up to the line on these cups. It might be about a ½ cup.
Add liquid watercolors and mix. We have these liquid watercolors that we bought a few years ago. They have lasted a long time because a little bit goes a long way. They are a lot more vibrant than regular food coloring. If you don’t have them, you can use food coloring or even gel food coloring.
My kids really enjoyed painting with the sidewalk chalk paint and I was surprised at how cool it looked after it dried. This is now on my list of quick, easy, and cheap outside activities for the kids. It occupied them for a couple of hours, which is a win in my book!
Did your kids enjoy painting with sidewalk chalk paint? What designs did they create? Post pictures in the comments below.