Keep your kids engaged in creative outdoor play for hours with simple baby-safe homemade sidewalk chalk paint. Unleash your child’s creativity and gain a little free time for your hot summer read this week. Whipping up a batch of this bright sidewalk paint is fast and cheap too!We love painting ’round these parts. From pizza box painting to edible bathtub paints, my children love to get their hands on fun art projects for kids, the more mess, the more pleasure. Summer loved the sidewalk water painting activity from First Art and when I saw homemade sidewalk chalk paint on Pinterest we tried it at her water-themed birthday party. It was a mega-hit!Making chalk paint is really easy. This stuff is completely baby-safe, since it’s an edible paint made from nothing but water, corn starch, and food coloring. You can mix it up in a muffin tin, hand your child a paintbrush and let them discover their inner artist! Spoons, sponges, stampers, and cotton swabs also make great painting tools that can really draw out the sensory activity.Use homemade chalk paint to add a semi-permanent foursquare grid or hopscotch squares to your driveway. It washes away easily with water and is an unexpectedly creative way to fit kids art activities into a birthday party, mom group meeting, or Sunday school curriculum.Alright, enough chatter. Let’s paint!!
Baby-Safe Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint
- food coloring
- muffin tin
Stir together water and cornstarch in a medium bowl until it’s smooth. Pour into the wells of the muffin tin and add a few drops of food coloring until you reach a bright rainbow shade. Dip in a brush and let watch your driveway come to life!
Be sure to keep the paint stirred as the starch will begin to settle to the bottom after a few minutes. Swirling the brush around in the well should do the trick.
For more hands-on learning and painting ideas for toddlers check out First Art. It’s available on Amazon (yep, that’s an affiliate link) and they give the “Look inside” option where you can glean tons of ideas just by checking out the generous number of pages they show you for free. I may or may not have done this before buying the book. Wink, wink. Yep, I guess you can use this for toes too. Chalk paint pedi, anyone? Just a note… this paint is bright, like sticks of sidewalk chalk bright. The photos here show the paint in a more watered-down shade because I was running low on cornstarch that day. Nevertheless, the kids had a blast and the paint did show up well.