homemade sidewalk paint

its supposed to be a bit on the cooler side for the next few days here in northern california; so we decided that we better do some outdoor stuff yesterday.  we decided to combine two of our most common activities – painting and using chalk.  this sidewalk paint is so simple to make – just water, cornstarch and food coloring.  (i’m pretty sure i’ve never actually used cornstarch in my baking, but it is used in a variety of experiments and fun kids stuff!) 

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at first its really hard to mix but the cornstarch will quickly dissolve.

i didn’t think my daughter would like this much when we first started – she wasn’t very interested.  it kept her attention for maybe 5 minutes (remember, she’s three).  i think this is the reason –

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it was pretty watery.  she didn’t have enough control to make any pictures.  i decided to make the paint thicker so i added an 1/8 cup more of cornstarch.  here’s the outcome:

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i don’t really think it mattered much to make it thicker.  here’s what the chalk looked like once it dried (we ended up turning the thicker yellow paint into orange.)

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once it dried, i got her to splatter the paint and she loved that!

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doesn’t that look cool?!  she loved seeing it all once it dried. i think part of the problem was how watery it was, she couldn’t control it like she can chalk.

the verdict?  i had fun doing this with her but she probably spent a total of 10 minutes on it.  my sister came over and once she saw it she said that she thought her 6 and 8 year old would love doing it!  i do think i’d do this again and hopefully her mood was part of why she wasn’t as interested.

by the way, i cleaned off the driveway today and it washed right off, maybe even easier than chalk!

 

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