Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
The preschool our four-year-olds attend is over for the year, so while we wait for summer camp to start up we are trying to come up with new ways to amuse them...and ourselves! During a play date, the two of them ended up putting some sidewalk chalk in the water table. Wet chalk takes on a very strange consistency, which makes it pretty fun to color with. Watching the two of them play, we came up with the idea of turning the old, wet chalk into sidewalk paint!
We took the wet chalk and ground it up using a mortar and pestle until it formed a paste. Then we added water until it made a slightly thick paint consistency. We did this with all the colors, putting the finished "paint" in paper cups. Then we handed the boys some paint brushes and let them get creative! The original idea was to let them paint the sidewalk in front of the house, but soon they were painting the flower pots, rocks, their shoes, and even themselves! It was fun for them as well as us, and because it's made from chalk, the clean-up was super-easy!