Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint {Water Play}

Summer has arrived and with it comes the need to stay cool. One way we do just that is to include a bit of water in our day. What I was on a mission to do this month was to find ways to enjoy some water play from the comfort of home. Yes, we could head to the pool and cool off but some days, I don't want to leave the house so we have to get creative in how we stay busy. Using this month's children's book, "The Magic School Bus: At The Waterworks", as our guide, we learned about how water is cleaned, where it's stored and how we have access to it. Then we put it to use with the help of cornstarch and paintbrushes! 

"The Magic School Bus: At The Waterworks" is the perfect book for those kids who are constantly questioning the how or whys of things work, specifically the waterworks in your city. Join Ms. Frizzle and her students as they follow the trail of water, from its sky-high source to the school bathroom sink on this wet and wild field trip. After parking the school bus on a cloud and shrinking to raindrop size, Ms. Frizzle's class gets to see the waterworks from the water's point of view. If you are a fan of The Magic School Bus this is a fun book to share with your little ones. 

We put a bit of water to use and made sidewalk chalk paint for the first time. It's super simple to mix up a batch and is made with ingredients that are more than likely sitting in your pantry. 

How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Supplies needed are water, cornstarch and food coloring. To make your own sidewalk chalk paint, fill your container of choice halfway with cornstarch. I like using muffin tins from our local grocery store. Add you choice of colors. Add water to the colored cornstarch and give a quick stir. I always add the coloring before the water, because it distributes the color more evenly. I don't measure anymore, but the first time I made sidewalk chalk paint I found that I prefer a ratio of 1 part water to 1.5 parts cornstarch. It is a matter of preference. Some people prefer equal parts. In my opinion, you can't go wrong. If it's too thin add water. If it's too runny add cornstarch. It really is that simple.

Connor loved this activity. Not only did he help with creating the paints, he loved that he could paint the sidewalk and played Tic Tac Toe, a new favorite in our home. The paint dries quickly and looks exactly like chalk. It doesn't rub off easily so that makes creating pretty artwork fun for little artists. 

Cleaning up is simple too. Hand your kiddos the hose and let them spray away the paint, which of course gives you another way to have a bit of water fun. CJ loves using the hose and this was probably the highlight of his day. I would suggest cleaning up the paint quickly as the longer it's in the sun, the harder it is to remove it all from the cement.  

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