Jul 13, 2015

DIY Sidewalk Paint!


This is the best stuff ever!!! It's SUPER easy to make, the kids LOVE it and clean up is a breeze!!




 Sidewalk Paint

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
food colouring 

This will fast become your favourite summer activity!!! 




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  • I use a large measuring cup to mix it because it is easy to pour out from after - but you can use anything really. Add the cornstarch to the water and mix thoroughly.  It gets a bit hard but keep mixing and it will all smooth out.



  • Once mixed together, pour into individual containers - an old muffin tin works nicely!  





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  • Add food colouring - as much or little as you like. The more dye you add the more vibrant the colours. I have Neon colours at the moment and I like them a lot!! Oh and don't be afraid to mix colours to expand your range choices!  



Note: I usually put some water in the empty tins so that the kids can rinse off their brushes - not that they always do but the artist in me can't help it! *wink* lol!!  I have noticed that it helps the colours from going to a rather terrible mud colour but this is also because my girls are older now, if you have little Littles I wouldn't bother with the clean water.  Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers will probably enjoy the mud colour as much as the 'pretty' colours! lol!!





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  • Stir the food colouring into the paint base until mixed well, it will appear a bit 'marbled' but that's okay!




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  • Now grab the paint brushes and head outside for some painting fun!  This stuff washes away with the rain, or any water and is, as far as I've experienced, completely harmless to kids and clothes!  Even with the food dye there has been no staining...yet! 



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My kids simply love this stuff!  They ask for it all winter long, waiting and waiting for Spring to come and time to paint the rocks and trees again! (Yes, they paint those...mostly because we only have our walk-way and no real sidewalks here in the country!) 





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They will honestly play for an hour or more and either come in because they are hot, hungry or when the paint is all gone!  I keep this muffin tin aside just for this purpose because then I don't have to clean it out but it would clean up easy in your dishwater or dishwasher!!


Last time we used the paint, I thought it would be fun to draw with chalk and then they could colour it in.  They all got a kick out of that too and thus creating even more artistic, summer fun!!





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So there you have it! An easy go-to for summer time play!! 






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5 comments:

  1. I think I shared this idea with you - but you are so brilliant. I never thought of the filling the empty spots with water for the auto brush cleaning factor. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cool deal.

    And the chalk outline first... filling them in. You're the best!

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    1. Hahah! No, no - I was on the phone with you one day, and you were home with Jayne and she was bored so I told you about this idea then! You made it up that day and I'm pretty sure you even blogged it too! But nah, I beat you to this one! lol!! But it's not my original idea all the same just a great one to share!!

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    2. Ahhh...you're probably right!! A lot of life over the dam since then. (sorry!) It is a great one to share. I know I have seen it since on other sites and such.

      I should try and make it again, soon.

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  2. What a great idea! Would you be able to solidify the paint to make actual chalk for younger children?

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    1. HI LizZ! No, when it dries out, it becomes a powder - I might have a pinned recipe for making homemade chalk..but I'll have to see and give it a try. But my boy is three and loves this stuff and used it a bit last year too! :)

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