Looking for something fun and easy to do outside with your toddlers this afternoon? Well, look no farther. I give you, super easy DIY sidewalk chalk paint. And you most likely have all the necessary ingredients in your pantry. This easy activity will keep your tiny humans busy while you enjoy a cup of coffee or a few minutes to check your instagram feed.
I’m without a car at the moment and I’m sick of my toddlers begging me to watch Netflix when its so nice outside, so I needed a good, easy distraction for them. This was the perfect distraction!
DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
What you’ll need: corn starch, water, food coloring, and empty condiment bottles (or small plastic bowls and paint brushes).
First, add 1/4 cup of cornstarch to each bottle.
Then, add 1/2 cup of water. The ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part cornstarch works best for us, that way the kids can still squirt it easily. If you’re using it with paint brushes and bowls, you can probably do a little more cornstarch. It also works really well for older kids if you use muffin tins, but I knew Emmy would just dump it out so we stuck with bottles.
Add 3-6 drops of food coloring, depending on how vibrant you want the colors. Ei added probably 10 drops of blue. The gel food coloring is the most vibrant, but regular food coloring works great too.
Shake well. If you’re using condiment bottles without caps, like mine, make sure you cover the tip with your finger and shake it outside or over the sink. Mine squirted a little after I was done shaking, so be careful.
Enjoy the fun! I had intentions of having Eli write his name or mix the colors, but they were having so much fun I just let them play and I enjoyed my coffee while it was still hot.
My cornstarch box was about 3/4 full and I got 7 colors out of it. My mom saves these empty condiment containers for me, and they are the easiest for toddlers to use in this activity. I had a couple empty ketchup containers too, but they were harder for my 2 year old to use since you have to squeeze them with both hands.
My tiny humans had so much fun with our DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint, they wanted me to make more but I was out of cornstarch. So maybe I should start buying it at Costco. Luckily we have other distractions in our backyard, so they weren’t upset about it for too long.
Have you ever made DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint? What are your go-to activities for hot summer days? Let me know in the comments!