Ahh, sidewalk chalk. Simple, cheap fun with no mess to clean up? Yes please.
From toddlers to teens, every kid enjoys the chance to create some outdoor art. Give a kid a piece of chalk and stretch of driveway or sidewalk, and they’re going to keep themselves entertained… at least for a bit! Here, we’ve compiled some epic ways to take this pastime to the next level.
DIY Chalk and Paint
You can create your own custom colors or find new ways to create with these easy make-at-home projects. You probably have almost everything you need right in your pantry.
2/3 cup Plaster of Paris
1/3 cup water
3-4 tablespoons washable paint
Silicone mold (any shape will work… be creative!)
In a cup, mix together the water and paint until well combined. Then add the Plaster of Paris, and mix until lumps are gone. Consistency will be similar to runny yogurt.
Pour mixture into the silicone molds. Once full, tap the mold gently to remove any air bubbles.
Let the chalk set for at least 24 hours. Then, pop the chalk out of the molds and make sure they feel dry all over.
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons washable paint
Mix water and cornstarch together until lumps are gone, then add paint and stir to combine. Use a paint brush to make your art on the sidewalk.
Puffy Sidewalk Paint
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups salt
1 ½ cups water
Squeeze bottles (we scored condiment bottles for less than $1 apiece at Walmart)
Mix together the flour, salt and water together until fully combined and lumps are gone.
Separate the mixture evenly into 3 bowls, or as many colors as you’re making. Add the food coloring to each bowl and stir, about 10-15 drops, or until you get your desired color.
Add one color to each squeeze bottle, then, get creating!
Note: The paint comes off easiest when it’s not all the way dry/hardened. Just hose it off to clean up.
Chalk games and ideas
Make a mosaic
Using painter’s tape or masking tape, create an outline of a design on the pavement (for example, a heart). Once you’ve finished the outline, begin to run pieces through the middle to create various sized and shaped areas. Then, fill in each section with color. Remove the tape, and voila!
Write out the letters of the alphabet with chalk. Then challenge kids to find something from the house or yard that starts with each letter, and place it next to it. For example, a rock on letter R.
Have your child lay on the ground and trace their outline. Then let them go to town creating their own chalk portrait, with clothes, jewelry, hair, etc.
Draw a series of concentric circles with a bullseye in the middle, and toss a rock or bean bag. Make up points for each circle (for example 50 points for a bullseye, 40 points for the next circle, and so on).
Be anyone or anywhere you want! Draw in some props, a background, whatever you can think of and let kids become part of the scene. They can fly over buildings, sit under an umbrella, or lounge at the beach.
Hopscotch with a twist
Instead of skipping and picking up stones, think of some different activities that your children can do when they land on a spot. Stomp, twirl, jump, clap, sing, dance… the possibilities are endless.
Connect the Dots
Draw a simple outline of a familiar object such as a tree, house, flower, etc. using only dots. Let the kids use sidewalk chalk to connect the dots and find out what picture the dots make.
Draw small roads with intersections and road signs for kids to drive their matchbox cars on. Or, make larger roads with intersections and signs for kids to navigate with their bikes and other ride-on toys.