Are you looking for a fun and simple activity to engage your child’s creativity and to get them outside? Here is an easy recipe to make chalk paint. Follow the recipe and encourage your child to create their own artwork, they could draw what they see or write letters. Make it fun and your own!
For this creative play you’ll need:
- 3 cups of corn starch
- Food coloring (use various colors)
- 3 cups of water (use more or less, depending on desired consistency)
- 4-6 plastic bowls or a muffin tray
- Paint brushes
- Large bowl
It’s not only artsy, but there’s science and math involved!
First mix 3 cups of water and 3 cups of corn starch together. Pour into six separate containers. Ask your child what colors they would like to make and then add two to three drops of food coloring to make that color. Use a paintbrush (if you don’t have one be creative; you could use flowers, Q-tips, cotton balls, truck wheels, etc.)
Start painting the sidewalk! Just let toddlers explore with the paint brush and chalk paint. It’s a different texture than paint and paper. Explain that the sidewalk is rough. Let them mix the colors, young children are scientists by nature. Children will be able to talk about creating landscapes that they see outside. They will also learn that they can use materials that they use for cooking or other activities in different ways!
Cleanup is as simple as washing out the containers, or if you have paint left over, just put a lid on it and save it for another day! Also, remember to wash off those brushes!