Quarantine Art Activity: DIY Chalk Paint

It has been raining for the last few days so when the sun finally came out, we wanted to do some backyard art activities. What’s better than drawing with chalk, right? We didn’t have any on hand when lockdown started so we decided to make our own! This sidewalk chalk paint recipe is super easy to do and is even easier to draw with than chalk. Kids will love it!

What you need:

How to do it:

  1. Mix equal parts of water and cornstarch in a bowl and add the baking soda. Mix until the dry ingredients have dissolved and all the clumps are gone.
  2. Divide equally into your bowls or muffin pans (we used an old plastic meatball container, so feel free to improvise).
  3. Start adding a few drops of food colouring to each bowl. Mix primary colours to make secondary colours.
  4. You’re all set! The cornstarch might settle on the bottom of the bowls so give it a stir with the paintbrush before using. The colours become brighter as the paint dries.

Why we love this:

It’s super easy to do. It’s fun to do some sidewalk or driveway painting. It’s also a great way to teach kids about primary and secondary colours and to experiment on the number of food colouring drops to get the shade you want.

Once done, clean up is a breeze. Just pour water over it or wait until it rains again! It is non-toxic and safe for the garden.

The little girl enjoying chalk painting the driveway.

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