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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

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I made a fun concoction for my kids the other day to paint the driveway. I made homemade sidewalk chalk paint for them.  When I told them we were going to paint the driveway, they were instantly interested.  How often does Mom say that they can do something like that??

painting the driveway with homemade sidewalk chalk paint

How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint:

Homemade sidewalk chalk paint is so easy to make!  You just need three things to get your kids busy painting your driveway!

Ingredients for Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

how to make sidewalk chalk paint

Cornstarch (or flour works as well)
Coloring- you can use liquid food coloring or liquid watercolor paints – We have done it both ways
Something to put the paints in- we used a mini muffin pan
Big paint brushes – foam ones work well

Mix together equal parts cornstarch and water.  When you first start mixing the water and cornstarch it is hard to mix, but give it a minute or two and it will start mixing.    (This is the same recipe to make Oobleck.  Have you tried that? )

Pour the sidewalk chalk paint into the muffin pan or other small containers for mixing the colors.

homemade sidewalk chalk paint with cornstarch

Once you have your paint divided out, mixing in your colors. We mixed a few colors.  You will need a lot of color for it to show up on the driveway or sidewalk where you are painting.

homemade sidewalk chalk paint- painting the driveway

This paint needs to be remixed regularly to prevent separating.

sidewalk chalk paint

My kids thought splatter painting would be cool.  They flicked their brushes to make some creative splatter designs!

Then they painted some pretty designs!

painting driveway with homemade sidewalk chalk paint

No worries, the paint washes off very easily with a hose or some rain!

Here is a picture of the first time we tried this project many years ago.   Notice the “I Love Mom” painted in there?  Guess it was a good project! 🙂
homemade sidewalk chalk paint for kids

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  1. Sounds like a great idea…I am a special ed teacher, so was thrilled to find you hopping in the blogosphere. I am now a follower and look forward to connecting. My boys would love the paint…and I agree – we owe it to our kids to teach them a love for learning.

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