So yesterday I wrote all about outdoor learning spaces, and I couldn’t stop thinking about homemade sidewalk paint. I have a good recipe for sidewalk paint, that’s simple to whip up, and you can make lots of different colors. And by you, I mean your kid, while you quiz them on primary and secondary colors and have them measure the ingredients.
- food coloring (Oooooh, I want to try these next)
1. Mix 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 cup of water together very well. (We mixed up a big batch and divided it, but you can mix up small containers if you like.)
2. Divide into 4 cups.
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3. Add 8-10 drops of food coloring to each cup, either straight up from the bottle or mix ’em to create your own colors.
4. Paint on sidewalk/driveway/patio/rocks/trees/squirrels.
Hint: The paint will look very watery until it dries, and then it will lighten and brighten up significantly. You can see the difference above.
Here are some ideas to try with this DIY sidewalk chalk paint:
Make a ton and paint out some labyrinths on your driveway or sidewalk to walk through.
Decorate your friend’s sidewalk for their birthday.
Have your kids collaborate on a big painting, with them each painting one half of an image.
Have 2 people start painting designs from opposite sides of a driveway, and meet in the middle to make a super-design.
Practice large hand-lettering.
Paint a big map of a made-up land.
Have fun with this stuff, and remember it takes about 2 rains to wash away. Or a vigorous hosing-down.