Summer Fun with Sidewalk Chalk
It's been a long time since I shared one of our play dates! We love inviting our play group over for some messy fun, especially in the summer time. We love sidewalk chalk activities, and they continue to be a favorite for us at play dates. Why? Because sidewalk chalk activities are easy to set up, and all of the mess washes away easily with the hose. I'm going to share a few of our favorite activities from our sidewalk chalk play dates from this summer and last.
How to Host a Sidewalk Chalk Play Date
The paint is so gorgeous as the colors blend together!
The erupting ice chalk has baking soda in it. I let the kids play with the ice chalk all morning and saved the vinegar for the end of the play date. They were all dazzled to see the fizzing results when they squirted the melted paint!
The final chalk activity was frozen popsicle chalk. I made our popsicle chalk exactly like Reading Confetti, so pop on over to her site for the instructions. This is another activity that needs to be prepped the night before.
The popsicle chalk paint needs to melt a bit before you can paint with it, so I suggest pulling it out of the freezer a short while before you are ready to use it. I left out all of the activities at different locations in the backyard, and the children were free to play as they chose.
Sidewalk chalk activities make the perfect summer play date. Last year we pulled out the hose to rinse off all the kids after playing. This year I had the kiddie pool filled from the start. Some kids swam and never painted, some painted the entire time, and others went back and forth between art and water play.
After all our friends left I rinsed off the back patio and rinsed all the supplies. Clean up took less than ten minutes. Now that's my kind of messy fun! If you are concerned about staining, please test a small area of your cement before using these recipes.
The recipe links for quick reference:
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