I jumped on the blogger bandwagon, and decided to try sidewalk chalk with my kids. I first saw it at Hands On: As We Go , at Quirky Momma, and at Child Central Station. I just knew I had to try it!
We went outside with:
- 1 box of cornstarch
- 1 box of baking soda
- Liquid water colors
- cups (at least one for each child)
- Paint brushes (same)
- Vinegar in Spray bottles
I decided to pair this activity with water day to make clean-up easier. This way, I could literally hose them down afterwards.
Being my typical enthusiastic and creative-but-usually-unorganized-and-forgetful-self, I forgot to bring measuring cups to make the recipe correctly.
Luckily, I'm good at improvising. I just used my hands.
I measured about a handful of cornstarch and a handful of baking soda into each container, a squirt of color, and mixed in water a little at a time until it was easy to paint with, but thick enough to paint with.
|The directions were simple. You can paint the sidewalk, walls, trees, toys, and yourself. Go play!|
|They painted the bikes and the sidewalk.|
|They painted themselves.|
|They painted their shoes.|
|They painted the tree, or as our class lovingly calls it, "the horse."|
|What a colorful horse!|
|They painted the other trees too.|
|Chloe painted her face and said, "Look, I'm Simba!" (from the Lion King)|
|Anya said, "Oooh!" as she saw and heard the sizzle from the baking soda/vinegar reaction.|
|I love the painted belly!|
|When they needed more paint, they helped themselves--not my original intention, but hey---that's what it was for!|
|The vinegar bottles were popular, but they didn't produce as much sizzle as I thought they would. They were quickly dumped out, and re-filled with water.|
|Meanwhile, the water table turned into a mixing bucket.|
|Ready to go inside.|
Sidewalk chalk? SUCCESS.
Fizzing sidewalk chalk? Maybe next time (I'll add more baking soda).
The best part? EASY CLEAN UP! It took only a few minutes to hose down the sidewalks, walls, trees, and children. The tree kept its color, which I kind of love.