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Got Walkway? Make "Chalk" Paint!
June 26, 2012 - Jen Zbozny
It's a little too cool for the pool today but it's perfect for playing outside! Here's a great twist on an old standard. This recipe for sidewalk "chalk" paint goes on much more thoroughly than hard sidewalk chalk. Plus, it washes easily off your walkway AND kids' clothes. If you don't want to wait for the rain to remove your masterpieces, let the kids get the hose out and have as much fun spraying it off as they did painting it on!
Here's what you need:
Cornstarch Water Food Coloring Small outside-safe containers Kids art paintbrushes (the bigger the better) - or use the 1 inch foam brushes. They work great!
Here's what to do: Mix equal parts cornstarch and water into as many cups as you want to make colors. About 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water per color is a good start. Stir until smooth. Then add a few drops of food coloring into each cup. I usually just make red, yellow, green, and blue. Sometimes Eve "needs" purple though.
Once they're mixed, take them outside with the brushes and let your kids go! You'll have a fabulous masterpiece in no time. It's fun to have your kids make a picture or a message for when Dad comes home. We have a side walkway and Eve loves to make arrows and messages to be read and followed down the path. We've even painted a message in front of our front porch for Easter and Halloween!
If you try it, let me know how it works out! Or send me some pictures of your little artists' murals!
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