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July 13, 2013

Scented Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe for Play

How to make scented sidewalk chalk paint with just three ingredients!

Sidewalk chalk paint is one of our favorite recipes for play.  It is inexpensive, easy to make, and it rinses away with a hose for easy clean up.  Best of all, it's FUN!  We've been on a Kool Aid kick lately and have enjoyed adding Kool Aid to our homemade paint recipes for scented art and sensory play.  Our favorite Kool Aid scented recipes include Kool Aid puffy paint, Kool Aid finger paint, and Kool Aid water colors.  Like the other paint recipes, the Kool Aid sidewalk chalk paint did not disappoint!  It smelled divine, and the colors were exquisite.  

How to Make Scented Sidewalk Chalk Paint

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Three ingredient scented sidewalk chalk paint recipe - boost fine motor skills through ART and PLAY!

Directions:  I mixed one Kool Aid packet and water in a measuring cup with an easy pour spout and stirred until all of the powder had dissolved.  Next I mixed in cornstarch.  I added the cornstarch slowly, stirring constantly to combine well.

When I make sidewalk chalk paint I like a little more cornstarch than water for a thicker paint, but for squeezy bottles you don't want it too thick.  It won't squeeze out if you use too much cornstarch.  I keep adding cornstarch until just before it becomes hard to stir.  The paint should stir very easily.  If the spatula (or whatever you use to stir) feels like it is sticking to the paint it is too thick.  At the same time, you don't want it too runny either.  Remember that you can always add more water even after you've added the paint to the squeezy bottles.

My final tip is to be sure that all of the cornstarch is mixed in well before pouring into the bottles.  By using a measuring cup with a spout you can pour the paint directly into the squeezy bottles and use the spatula to scrape the sides of the cup.

Tank and Peanut (24 months) were jumping up and down when they saw me pull out the squeezy bottles.

They love when we paint or mix colored water or do any activity with squeezy bottles.  The added bonus is that squeeze bottles are perfect for working the muscles needed for writing, so while they are playing they are developing fine motor skills.

How to make SCENTED SIDEWALK CHALK PAINT with just three ingredients - simple summer fun!

As you can see this is a messy recipe, but know that is washes away easily.  When the boys were done playing I pulled out the hose and quickly rinsed the road clean.

Art with scented sidewalk chalk - summer recipe for PLAY

It was Peanut's idea to bring out the buckets.  He wandered towards the house, and I quickly followed him to be sure he wasn't going inside covered in paint.  He just wanted to squirt some paint into the buckets that were sitting by our garage.

This recipe could also be used without the squeezy bottles.  Just mix the paints and pour into small containers.  I find that foam brushes work best with sidewalk chalk paint.  You can also use paint brushes, but we get better results with the foam brushes.

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Scented sidewalk chalk paint recipe

Have fun experimenting with different flavors of Kool Aid.  This time we used:
  • purple - grape
  • orange - orange
  • blue - berry blue
  • pink - cherry
  • green - lemon with a few drops of blue food coloring
  • yellow - lemon with a few drops of yellow food coloring
How to make scented sidewalk chalk paint

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  1. Oh my goodness, Allison, that second to last photo is beyond gorgeous!!!!!! I love their beautiful masterpiece!

  2. This looks like so much fun!!! My nephew loves sponge painting, so he'd love using these on the sidewalk :) Could you tell me how much water you add to the kook-aid originally?

    1. Thanks Michelle! I used roughly 1/2 cup of water. You could easily use more if you want a big batch. Kool Aid produces such vibrant colors, so it takes a lot to water them down. I only limited it, because I was filling the squeezy bottles. (1/2 cup of water and cornstarch filled two 4 ounce bottles per color.)

  3. I love how the colors run together and mix! Really fun.

  4. I'm gonna try that I don't have lil kids but I have a teen that acts like one

  5. Another fun painting idea! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots. I've featured this post this week :)

  6. Super fun! What a fun idea for summer! Thanks so much for sharing at For the Kids Friday! I'm featuring your post at this week's link party over at SunScholars!

  7. Is the koolaid washable when it gets on their clothes?

    1. I've never had an issue with Kool Aid staining. I follow these tips exactly (especially the not drying until you are sure the garment is clean): http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/02/laundry-tips-from-busy-mom-of-four.html


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