Chalk Paints

As a child, I loved drawing with chalk on the sidewalk. Whether it was starting a game of hopscotch or creating colorful imaginary scenes, it was a great way to spend a carefree summer afternoon. Just like me, my girls have discovered summertime fun with chalk.

For some upleveled play, we decided to try our hand at making colorful chalk paint! Only requiring three simple ingredients, it was such an easy recipe. The girls loved painting and exploring this new medium, and I know we'll be sure to do it again!

  1. Ages: 5 - 16

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Messy


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, fill it with one part water and one part corn starch. We started with two cups of each, but you can increase or decrease this amount as needed. Our first batch was a little runny so we ended up mixing 2 cup water to 2.5 cups cornstarch for our second batch.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Pour some into a squeeze bottle, leaving some extra space for mixing in watercolor.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Tip

    You can also use paint cups, but we found squeeze bottles to be extra fun!

  • Step 3

    Add liquid watercolor until the mixture reaches the vibrancy you'd like. Shake well to make sure the coloring is fully incorporated.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Repeat steps 2-3 until to create a whole rainbow of chalk paint colors!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Squirt a little paint on a driveway or sidewalk to test out the paint. Our paint washed away with water, but you might want to test your paint on a small area first.

    Try making colorful patterns, drawing different scenes, or starting a round of hopscotch! Can you think of any other games to play with the chalk paint?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Tip

    If you are storing the paint for later use, the cornstarch will settle at the bottom of the bottle so make sure to shake well before squeezing!

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