Erupting Ice Chalk - Recipe for Play
I don't know what it's like where you live, but summer arrived early here! We've been touching triple digits this week, so you know what that means? New summer recipes for play! The boys had so much fun painting with ice chalk and oil the other day, so when I saw the weather forecast for the week I thew another batch of ice chalk in the freezer. This time I decided to create a new recipe for play and make it erupting ice chalk! After all, who doesn't love a good erupting paint recipe?
How to Make Erupting Ice Chalk
Directions: I made our erupting ice chalk paint using the same recipe I used for our erupting sidewalk chalk paint. The measurements do not have to be exact, but for the sake of ease I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the baking soda and cornstarch. I used 1/4 cup of each, squirted some liquid watercolor paint on the mixture, then topped it off with 1/2 cup of water. I mixed well with a spoon then poured the erupting paint mixture into an ice cube tray and stuck the trays in the freezer until today when we had time to paint.
I hosed off our back patio and set the erupting ice chalk in bins and invited my boys to paint. Wetting the cement isn't necessary, but it helps the ice chalk melt and spread faster. It also showcases the gorgeous blending colors more easily.
While JZ (6) wanted to paint and try out each color, my toddler twins, Tank and Peanut (34 months) mainly just wanted to play with the ice and build towers.
Tank wanted all the orange and purple ice cubes for himself.
The beauty of ice chalk on a hot day is that even without intentionally painting, the colors melt and mark the ground beautifully.
Seriously, is this not the most gorgeous chalk you have ever seen?
Thank you Reading Confetti for the original inspiration to make ice chalk. We have enjoyed countless hours of outdoor play while managing to beat the heat.
Once the ice chalk has sufficiently melted and mixed, it's time to bring out the squeezy bottles of vinegar. If you don't have squeezy bottles you can use spray bottles, cups, bowls, or really any container. Squeezy bottles are just so dang fun, and they have the added benefit of boosting fine motors skills.
While painting I encouraged the boys to keep their artwork to one central location on the patio, so we could achieve larger eruptions, and it worked!
JZ and Tank enjoyed making the ice chalk erupt right in their hands. They took turns squirting. All of the ingredients are safe to touch, but please be sure your children don't touch their eyes.
Erupting ice chalk turned out to be the perfect recipe for play on this hot day. When we were done painting I simply rinsed off the patio with our backyard hose, easy peasy.
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