Arts and crafts are a favorite with kids of all ages, but they can also turn into a messy affair, particularly with younger children. Taking the fun outside eliminates the need to supervise every movement your child makes, and it gives kids the freedom to get as messy, creative and wild as they want without worry of ruining your brand new carpet.
Sidewalk chalk paint is incredibly easy (and cheap) to make at home and is appropriate for toddlers all the way up to pre-teens (or even older – I’ll admit I did my fair share of splattering and spraying when we tried this at home!).
You’ll need just a few supplies for this activity:
- Food coloring
- Paint brushes, spray bottles, squeeze bottles, etc. – get creative by using what you have around the house.
To get started, mix 2 tbsp. cornstarch with 2 tbsp. cold water until smooth. Add about 5 drops of food coloring (or more for brighter color), mix well and pour into a bottle or cup. If desired, you can add more water to ‘stretch’ the paint a bit; the color won’t be as concentrated but it won’t make a huge difference. Repeat to create as many colors as you want.
Now let the fun begin: take the kids outside and let them spray, squirt, brush or splatter the paint over the driveway or another paved surface. The sun will dry the paint in just a few minutes, and the paint will take on a chalky, opaque appearance – just like sidewalk chalk! A quick squirt from the hose will wash away the paint (no scrubbing needed) or just let the rain do the clean-up for you.