Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sidewalk Paint

Ah, it's May. It's time to go outside and have some fun. And here's something fun: Sidewalk Paint!

You've all bought sidewalk chalk, and you know how much fun kids can have with it. Up the wow factor by letting them paint on the sidewalk. Here's the paint recipe:

1/4 cup of corn starch per paint color
1/4 cup of water per paint color
5-10 drops food coloring per paint color

Put these ingredients in paper cups and stir. Stirring is a great job for preschoolers. It takes a while to stir each paint color because the corn starch doesn't want to break up at first. Don't make the paint ahead of time; you have to use it right away so it doesn't firm up. See if you can find big, chunky paint brushes for painting with this stuff. It's much more satisfying than using little watercolor paintbrushes.

When you're done painting and everyone has gone home, you can clean up the sidewalk paint with your garden hose. Have fun!

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