I originally did this as a guest post for my friend Tricia over at Mama Marchand’s Nest, but I thought since our summer is drawing to a close, I better share it and quick! You know, when we’re shoveling pounds of snow off of our driveway instead of painting on it!
During the fall, winter, and spring I’m a nursing student and extremely busy. All of the classes and studying don’t leave a whole lot of extra fun time to spend with my Alea Lou. Therefore, this summer I’ve decided to make it a summer to remember. I’ve scoured Pinterest for craft ideas to keep us busy and having fun! Today I’m sharing a fun little activity I originially found here. If you get a chance, check out all the fun activities on her blog, but be warned, you’ll get sucked in and be there forever!
::1/4 cup cornstarch & 1/4 cup cold water for each color you do
::Mix cornstarch & cold water in each section of the muffin tin.
::Stir quickly with a fork to get all the clumps of cornstarch out.
::Add food coloring to each section & make as many colors as you want.
::Grab a paint brush or two and go make some fabulous sidewalk art!
::I wouldn’t recommend using the silicone muffin tins like I have pictured above. When you combine water & cornstarch it turns to a solid texture & you’ll need to stir it pretty vigorously. The flexibility of the silicone tray won’t allow you do do so and it’ll all stick to the tray. Yes, I’m speaking from experience!
::Adding more food coloring will help make the colors more vibrant on lighter color sidewalks/driveways.
::Make close to the time you expect to use it, otherwise you’ll have to keep stirring it so it doesn’t harden.
Chalk paint was a huge hit with Miss Alea. She didn’t want to stop & had lots of fun talking about all the different colors with me. The best part about this activity is that it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s inexpensive & it takes very few ingredients– all the requirements for just about all the activities I do! It’s also helpful for those little ones still learning their colors & you can even teach the older ones the art of mixing colors to create new ones!