How to Make Chalk Paint for Kids – 5 Ways


Chalk paint

If you're looking for the perfect activity for a beautiful day, you need to learn how to make chalk paint for kids.

Here we've highlighted 5 different recipes, many of which can be made using ingredients you already have at home.

You can use a muffin tin for the paints or even squirt bottles, and your kids can paint with paintbrushes, sponges or even just spray the paint. There are a lot of different ways to enjoy this activity. 

Once you prepare the chalk paint, let your kids loose on the sidewalk (or you can also give them some kind of canvas) so they can create their masterpieces. This is a really fun activity that ​gets them outside and gets their creative juices flowing. Win-win. 

And now, for our 5 favorite recipes:​

Katie, from over at A Little Pinch of Perfect, has a fabulous recipe that requires just 3 ingredients: water, cornstarch and food coloring. Seriously folks, it doesn't get much easier than this. 

How to make chalk paint for kids

Image: A Little Pinch of Perfect

For an interesting spin on things, you might want to try Allison's recipe for erupting rainbow sidewalk chalk paint. You can find the details over at Learn Play Imagine, but essentially you're going to need cornstarch, baking soda, water, food coloring or liquid watercolor paint, spray bottles and some vinegar. 

How to make chalk paint for kids

Image: Learn Play Imagine

How about paint that smells like roses? Well, maybe not roses, but you can make scented chalk paint for kids—if you have the right recipe. Enter Allison again, from Learn Play Imagine. She says all you need is cornstarch, water and Kool Aid.

How to make chalk paint for kids

Image: Learn Play Imagine

Crystal, from Growing a Jeweled Rose, also has a great recipe for chalk paint, and it actually uses chalk! Your kids are bound to love the process of making it, so definitely check this one out. You're going to need sidewalk chalk, Ziplock bags, a hammer, and some water. 

How to make chalk paint for kids

Image: Growing a Jeweled Rose

Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, makes her chalk paint using a slightly different recipe. She uses hot water, cornstarch, washable tempera paint and dishwashing liquid. And voila! Your kid is ready to roll. 

How to make chalk paint for kids

Image: Infarrantly Creative

There you have it. Pretty simple, right? Now that you know how to make chalk paint for kids, and you know how easy it is, you can add this fun activity to your repertoire. 

Use it for drawing pictures on the street, for making a hopscotch court, or for creating driving lanes for your child's favorite ride-on toys.

Happy painting!​

Featured image: Amber DeGrace

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