Activity Time: Sidewalk Chalk

I have really enjoyed walking around town now that the weather is nicer.  A bonus to the weather is seeing all the wonderful sidewalk chalk art.  

Today I have 2 recipes for homemade sidewalk chalk paint that you can make at home.

The first is a puffy paint.  How fun is that?!?


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap 
  • Squeezable bottles
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • 5-10 drops food coloring or washable paint

In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour and water until there are no lumps.

Stir in the dish soap to the flour mixture.

At this point, if you want to make multiple colors, divide the mixture into smaller bowls (or right into your squeeze bottles). Add the food coloring until the desired color is achieved. 

Pour the mixture into your squeeze bottle(s).  We made 3 colors.

Paint away!  Use this paint the same day, this recipe does not keep in the bottles.  We did notice that the purple color faded the next day.  This paint will stay through a light rainfall.  After a few rainfalls, the chalk paint cracked and flaked away.

Another idea is to layer the puffy paint with your regular sidewalk chalk.

The second recipe is good for using to paint on the sidewalk with brushes.


  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Bowl or cup
  • Paint brush, sponge, foam brushes.  

Mix equal parts cornstarch and water. Add food coloring to desired vibrancy. Once I mixed up the cornstarch and water together, I poured it into a cupcake pan.  That’s where I added the color.  This made it really easy to carry around. 

This chalk paint is thin, and is very watery as you paint with it. 

The chalk color intensifies as it dries.  You might need to mix the paints as they sit, as the corn starch likes to settle to the bottom.  This chalk paint will wash away with water.

We played a game of tic-tac-toe with our chalk paint.   What did you create?


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