Alright, confession time: when we set out to make this DIY, we were aiming to make good old fashioned sidewalk chalk. But not all DIYs go according to plan, and in this case we enjoyed a happy little accident. Instead of hardened chalk, we made an awesome watercolor recipe that is a cinch to put together! It only takes a few basic household supplies and within a matter of minutes, it turns into a milky paint that glides onto sidewalks like a dream. The best part of all is that much like chalk, it wipes away with a little bit of water so you don’t have to worry about staining the cement like traditional paint would do.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Silicone baking tray or muffin tin
- 1.5 cups of cornstarch
- 1.5 cups of water
- Food coloring
Combine the water and the cornstarch together in a separate bowl until thoroughly mixed. The consistency will thicken quickly.
Add food coloring to the cornstarch and water mix (in separate bowls if using more than one color) and blend until you achieve your desired color. Then pour the mix into each slot on the silicone tray or muffin tin and start painting!
This little one was set up with the paints and a paint brush without any instruction and she instinctively got to work. We believe that art is an incredible vessel through which children can learn about themselves as well as the world around them. Not only does painting build fine motor skills and strengthens eye-hand motor coordination but it also makes children aware of colors, shapes, textures, and lines, too.
Sidewalks are the perfect canvas for artistic expression, especially as spring gives way to summer and kids begin to spend more time outside.
If you’re like us, you want to encourage your child to spend as much time playing outdoors as possible (burn up all that energy before bedtime!), but you also want to ensure their safety as well. Luckily we have thought about this issue and created the Safety Dome to alert drivers that children are at play.
Featuring a bright neon orange color and reflective strips, these Safety Domes are eye-catching to oncoming traffic and have four sand bags that can be filled to make sure the domes stay in one place.
Now let’s get outside and play!