Monday, May 11, 2009

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

This weekend my DD7, H-Bob, was looking for something to do...something that had to do with being outside in the sun...something we could do together. So in times like these, I turn to my tear file that I keep which is chock full of pages from magazines or printouts from online of activities that I feel would be fun to try. Our choice this time was Sidewalk Paint.

Sidewalk Paint

For each color you wish to make use:

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
3-4 drops food coloring

Here's how you put it together. Using a small lidded container that will hold about 1/2 cup, place cornstarch, cold water, and food coloring into the container. You may either carefully stir the ingredients together, or as we found fun, firmly place the lid on and shake, shake, shake until it is uniformly mixed. If you find the color is not deep enough, simply add a few more drops of food coloring.

Next find a washable surface outside and get to work. We have a blacktop driveway which made the perfect backdrop for our creation. We chose child-sized paintbrushes as they carried a better load of paint, and then went outside and proceeded to paint a pond, a beach area, a road to a meadow with another lake, and then some more roads and then.... you get the idea. You do a lot of dipping into the paint to reload your brush but that's half the fun.

Pretty soon we had some animals out mingling on the masterpiece, and H-Bob was in the middle of a great play scene absorbed in her creativity.

This activity is a keeper and will go in my Art Recipe notebook for sure!

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