Monday, May 2, 2011


Maggie loves to draw. And paint. But every time I give her a crayon, chalk or marker, she eats it. Sometimes, I have given her water and brushes to 'paint' the chalkboard wall - which is a lot of fun... but kills Aaron because all the water on the wall and the floor is obviously NOT good for it.

I must admit, that some days, when I'm home alone with the kids - I let them go hog wild with the water and dry it all up before Aaron get home. They love this SO much.

This weekend, I decided to try Sidewalk Chalk Paint. We had just gotten home from the weekend at the beach. No one was napping, and the weather was beautiful. Couldn't have been a bigger success. Maggie sat there for over an hour playing with the paint - loving spreading it around when wet - and watching the fun design appear when it dried. AND it totally came off the driveway AND the kids easily. And I didn't care when she sucked it off the paint brush - no harm in eating cornstarch and water, I figure.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint:


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup cold water

  • 6-8 drops food coloring


  1. Mix cornstarch and cold water together

  2. Add food coloring and stir

  3. Repeat process to make different colors

  4. Take paint outside and enjoy painting on blacktop


Michele said...

What a great idea! I will have to try that!!

Megan said...

I agree! Great fun!

kate said...

thank you for psoting the recipe!!! my baby girl eats chalk too & he bros love to draw, so this is a perfect solution! :)

HereWeGoAJen said...

We will have to do that. It looks great. And Maggie looks so pleased.

Kahla said...

I've never heard of this, so going to make it! Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

Cornstarch and water might not hurt her, but the dye might... just a thought.

BrandiH said...

I wish my driveway was paved so my little girl could use this! Awesome idea!

Heather said...

I did this tonight with my one year old and she LOVED it! And the way corn starch changes forms never ceases to amaze me. The second the paint hit Elin's clothes it became solid. Cool.

Carrie R said...

LOVE THIS! I am so doing this tomorrow when our 4 and 2 year old friends come over!!!!!!!