Big Messy Art: How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

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Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

It’s summer time! It’s a perfect time of year to pull out the big messy art projects that look like a lot of fun, but require a lot of cleaning up or a lot of space.

Take the projects outside! Use a hose for clean up, use the yard for space. And let the kids create! This week I’m doing a series on all the BIG MESSY art projects that you can let the kids go wild at and not have to worry about the mess. Seriously, I highly recommend the hose for clean up. It’s pretty therapeutic.

Sidewalk paint is a good starter project. It’s great because you can do it right in your driveway. OR, take the project to the park like we did and let the rains clean it up.

Here’s what you need:
Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint
– Cornstarch
– Water
– Food Coloring
– Some sort of paint brushes – I bought foam brushes- they’re like 25c each wherever you can buy house paint. I got the one inch size.
– Bowls or cups to put the paint in.
– A fork to mix with

Now make the paint:
Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint
The official recipe is about 1 part cornstarch to 1 part water, but I just winged it and mixed until the consistency seems right. I added a bunch of food coloring drops until the color was nice.

Then paint!
Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

It’s a lot of fun. The paint is a lot like sidewalk chalk when it dries, but it’s more vibrant and thicker.

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint
Some really fun designs get made!

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint
At some point it turned into body painting. I guess the paint feels really good because a couple of these kids really got into the body painting.

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint
Obviously the texture feels really good because there was a lot of stepping on the dried paint.

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

The best part? It completely washed away in the rains that came the next day! Make some art in your driveway and let it sit until the next rain or wash it away with the hose! (Actually washing it away with the hose might be just as much fun as the painting!)

Big Messy Art: How to Make Sidewalk Paint

So, what kind of messy art are you making?!

This post is part of my series on BIG MESSY Art for Kids! Keep an eye out this week for more opportunities to get messy with your kids!!
BIG! MESSY! Art For Kids! a series for Muse of the Morning

Chrissy Leiberan-Titus writes for Muse of the Morning.com

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7 Comments

  1. Mess is so scary to me! So much hassle. But this does look like so much fun, and at least it would be outside mess!

  2. This looks like so much fun! Does is wash well out of clothes? I might see if I can do this with my MOPs group once this new year starts up! 🙂

    • Unless you use a lot of food coloring, it should wash out of clothes. The Brushes even sat for a couple days before I washed them and it all came clean. It’s a seriously awesome painting project and keeps the kids busy for a long time!!
      Thank you for visiting!!
      Chrissy

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