Are your kids getting bored with plain sidewalk chalk? It might be time to shake things up a little. These colorful options go beyond the traditional store bought sidewalk chalk. The kids still get to color the sidewalks and driveway but with a different twist on the old classic.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
This sidewalk chalk craft project lets the kids use the concrete as a painting canvas. Instead of using traditional sticks of chalk, you create a liquid sidewalk chalk paint. The kids use brushes to paint their designs.
The materials are simple to make the outdoor paint. Just mix together equal parts of cornstarch and water. Add a few drops of food coloring or washable paint to the mix. Add more depending on how intense you want the colors. Test the paint first to make sure it doesn’t stain your concrete. Put the sidewalk chalk paint in small containers along with brushes to make your outdoor art.
Another variation is to make sidewalk chalk into ice pops. This option is great for a hot day. The hot pavement makes the colored ice melt wall and leave behind colored designs. You can use the same mixture as you do for the paint: equal parts of water and cornstarch plus paint. Pour the liquid into a popsicle mold or into shaped ice cube trays. Using a mold gives your child a handle so she doesn’t get as messy when drawing with the frozen chalk.
Put the sidewalk paint in the freezer. Let it harden completely. Pop the frozen chalk out of the molds. You may need to run some warm water on them so they release easier. Let your kids draw with the frozen chalk on the hot pavement.
Bubbling Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Want to turn the outdoor art into a science project? Add some baking soda and vinegar. Start by mixing baking soda and cornstarch. Add water to thin it enough to paint your designs on the sidewalk. Once you’re ready to make things fizz, put some vinegar in a squirt bottle. When your child squirts the vinegar on the artwork, it reacts with the baking soda in the paint and starts fizzing. The artwork comes to life with a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home.