Sidewalk Chalk Recipe & Activity

by Kim
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Sidewalk chalk is fun. You can make sidewalk chalk paint and brush it on. You can even use balls in sidewalk chalk paint to create some real fun (and fun learning). But we like to put another twist on it, too. Squeezie bottle sidewalk chalk!

You will need some squeezie bottles (we got ours at the local dollar store), cornstarch, water, and food coloring. If you are worried about the food coloring staining, you can just make it without it and it will dry a very bright white. It still looks really cool.

Pour your cornstarch in a bowl or container.

Add water and stir until you get a nice thin viscosity. you want it to be able to squeeze through the hole in the bottle.


Pour your sidewalk chalk paint into the bottle and add food coloring. My 3 year old daughter picked pink and my 5 year old son picked blue, but only after I told him that I could not make the paint camo. Then we had a discussion about how camo is NOT a color. Good grief. 😉


Now squeeze away.

We made hearts.

We made dragons. That is a Ninjago dragon in case you are wondering.

We mixed our colors. This was done to aggravate big brother, but it turned out to be really fun once I stepped in to point out the cool effects they were making together.

We ran and squeezed. My 3 year noticed that when she ran and squeezed she only got dots in a line and not an actual line. Very cool observation. So we talked a little about it and demonstrated.


We left our mark all over the driveway. Daddy came home to a neat surprise.

Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.
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  1. says

    Rachel and Wendy, I was talking about staining the skin. The driveway does not get stained. It will wash off with a hose or the next rain. My kids love to grab a scrub brush and a bucket and scrub it off, too. They are weird, I know.

    The food coloring can stain your skin or clothes a bit, depending on how much you use. We use a LOT so fingertips were tinted for a little bit. After the post about using a tennis ball in the liquid sidewalk chalk, a reader shared that shaving cream will remove food coloring stains from clothes. I tested it out and it works really well. I have also used shaving cream on the kids’ hands with a nail brush or cheap toothbrush. Took the food coloring right out. 😉

    I hope that helps. If you have any more questions, let me know. I will be happy to help.

  2. says

    Fantastic spin on sidewalk chalk paint! Love the boots!

  3. Becky says

    If you don’t have shaving cream around 1 quart of water with 1/2 teaspoon of laundry detergent and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar also gets food coloring out of clothes. You just let the clothing soak in the mixture for at least 15 mins, rinse with cold water and then wash normally. :o)

  4. says

    Thanks for the great idea. My daughter and I played with this craft and while she had a fantastic time I had some trouble getting the right consistency. I felt it was either too thick to come out of the bottle except in dribbles or I put too much water in trying to thin it out and it was too runny. My daughter still had a blast! I would just recommend putting in a few drop of water at a time once you put it in the bottles to get the right consistency. Thanks for sharing!

  5. nicole says

    I do would love to know how you put the streaks in your daughter’s hair. Mine is dying for hair like strawberry shortcake 🙁 Maybe a few *very small* strands would make her happy!

  6. Lisa Asmus says

    I bought some squirt bottles at a yard sale this weekend. I bought 5 opaque white ones and one red. I put the water/starch/dye mixtures in the opaque bottles and plain water in the red one. The kids loved coloring on our driveway! And it was super easy to make! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂


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