Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Homemade Sidewalk Paint

Do you ever have those days where you just need to come up with something new and different to keep the kids entertained? We have these days often...when the kids are picking at each other, complaining, and just gererally grumpy. On these days, we try to drop everything and try something new. We did sidewalk paint once last year and I couldn't believe we hadn't done it again...so one day earlier this summer, we made some sidewalk paint.

It is very easy to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your home. It gets the kids outside and allows them to explore their creative side!

What you need:
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
1/4 Cup Water
A Few Drops of Food Coloring

How to make it:
1. Put the cornstarch in small containers (we used old plastic yogurt or cream cheese containers)




2. Add the water and stir it in



3. Add 6-8 drops of food coloring (can be store bought or made with natural items such as beets or turmeric)


4. Stir and take outside to paint. The paint will dry looking like chalk

Enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. This looks like a great idea. Thanks. And indeed, my daughter also gets so grumpy on some of these vacation days! New entertainment is always welcome.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This sounds like such an easy recipe. We'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. a wonderful idea. we will def be trying this.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Very nice.

    I'll have to try that with Pele. Hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Passing this one on to some local mama~friends of mine! Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such an easy recipe for such beautiful paintings! Looks like a fun day. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  7. We are going to have to give this one a try.

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's a great idea. Makes me wish we had sidewalks or pavement where we could paint. Your pictures are great!

    ReplyDelete
  9. We are going to try this! Thanks for the tip.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This will be perfect for outside art time this week. Thanks for sharing, summer school just got a lot more interesting...

    ReplyDelete
  11. We have run out of new things to do, too. We are making these this morning. THANK YOU!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wowsers! Great idea-my lot love chalk drawings on the pavement, but I think a new medium to work would be just the thing!Many thanks :) x

    ReplyDelete
  13. We loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    http://ladeladeda.blogspot.com/2010/08/homemade-sidewalk-paint.html

    ReplyDelete
  14. We totally did this today. It was a last minute thing because I was going a little bit nuts and they needed to get out of the house! It was awesome! Super quick to make. Super fun to use! Everyone had a great time! Hosed the girls off at the end and admired our work!

    ReplyDelete