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Need something fun to do with your little ones and don’t have any sidewalk chalk? Here’s how to make chalk paint with only simple ingredients!
How to Make Chalk Paint
We’ve been looking for some fun and different things to do this summer during the long days. Since our littles are still little, I need some fun things for them to do that they can handle doing without too much extra help. We have some sidewalk chalk and they like that too, but they really love to paint.
We’ve been lucky enough to have a sliver of concrete at the homes that we’ve owned. I know I make it sound like that’s something special but to me it really is! When I was growing up everything was gravel and dirt, pavement was nowhere to be found. So I was pretty excited for my littles to have a concrete patio place to be able to play on.
Like I mentioned above, sidewalk chalk is fun but chalk painting is fun and just enough of a different activity that it seems like something new. Instead of shaving up our valuable sidewalk chalk, there is a different and easy way how to make chalk paint.
I found all of these ingredients at my local stores (although they are available online as well if you are having trouble finding them). It cost less than $8 for all the paint and plaster I bought and it will last us for many many art sessions. 🙂
How to Make Chalk Paint
What You Need:
- 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris (Where to Buy)
- 1/2 cup Water
- Tempura Paint or another washable paint (Where to Buy)
- Containers & Brushes
Gather your supplies, and of course, a little helper 🙂
Mix together the Plaster of Paris and the water. Add in the paint until it reaches the desired color.
Let your little one use the brushes to paint the chalk paint on the sidewalk or on concrete. Wash off with water. Art! And don’t worry…it washes off your little one just as easy as it washes off the sidewalk.
My little ones love this little activity and I love that it’s something they can do by themselves and I can sit outside and watch them be artists. 🙂
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What are some fun, frugal summer activities that you have for your little ones?
This article on How to Make Chalk Paint was originally published on Little House Living in June 2014. It has been updated as of April 2020.