Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe for Play
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.
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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.
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.
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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