Sidewalk chalk is an activity that kids have been doing since before I was born. We always had so much fun creating drawings when I was a child and my kids also really love it. Did you know that you can make your own sidewalk chalk?! Who knew that you only needed three ingredients and some squeeze bottles for colorful fun?
There are so many awesome learning activities that you can do with sidewalk chalk. Having the chalk in the squeeze bottles makes it that much easier to draw than with traditional chalk.
Seriously all you need for this recipe for homemade sidewalk chalk is some cornstarch, food coloring/dye and baking soda. Nothing ever sounded so simple! All of these supplies can pretty much be located at your local dollar store. Such a fun and cheap way to incorporate some outside time into learning.
You can make anything from rainbows to flowers and anything in between. Teach writing letters and names on the sidewalk as well. So much fun and so easy to make!
1. In a large bowl, combine equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda. Stir to combine.
2. Add a few tablespoons of warm water at a time until the mixture is the consistency of poster paints.
3. Divide the mixture into squeeze bottles. Add food dye to each bottle, put the cap on and shake the color into the paint.
4. Take the squeeze bottles outside and invite your little ones to make a mess! Time for some sidewalk chalk FUN!
Using Sidewalk Chalk Tips:
- This is such a fun outdoor activity and it’s so easy to
clean, just wash it down with a hose.
- If you’re worried about the dye staining, do a small test
- You can make this even more fun by adding vinegar to a
squeeze bottle and letting your little ones fizz up the paintings. Kids love to watch the chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda.
- These paints need to be used right away. The baking soda will eventually settle and you’ll no longer be able to squeeze the paint through the bottle.
If you are looking for other fun things to do at home, click here to read our article about fun things to do in your backyard!