Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

Ages 2+ 


  • Cornstarch 
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Cupcake tray or other small containers 
  • Paintbrushes 

Make The Paint:

  • In a bowl, mix your cornstarch and water in a 1:1 ratio (having at least 1 cup of this mixture will allow for you to create many colors!) 
  • Pour your mixture into a container of your choosing: a cupcake tray is a great option since you can evenly pour your mixture right into the separate compartments (Teacher Teal used an ice cube tray!) 
  •  Add in food coloring to create your color palette

Helpful Hint: Remember that red, blue, and yellow are primary colors. If you mix red + yellow you will get orange. Yellow + blue = green. Red + blue = Purple

  • Have a blast mixing up your own special colors : stir it up well so the cornstarch and color is evenly distributed within the mixture! 
  • This paint is ready to use RIGHT AWAY so head outside and color the world! 

NOTE: As your paint dries, the color will brighten!


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