Summer holidays are half over for us, and although the kids have had some lo-o-o-ong days, they haven’t begun to sing the “I’m Bored” song yet. When the kids did start to get a bit restless, I mixed up three batches of this Sidewalk Paint and they were busy for a few more hours. I bought some paint containers with lids and large brushes from the dollar store, and they work prefect for these paints, since the lids keep them from drying out or spilling. We’ve used neon food colouring to colour these paints, about 10 drops gives us a really nice, bright colour. The paint looks a bit ‘watery’ when it is first painted, but once the water has evaporated, you are left with a bright image (depending on how bright your paint is).
Yields about 1/4 cup paint
- 4 Tbsp cornstarch
- 4-5 Tbsp water (start with 4, and add more until you have a nice consistency)
- 5-10 drops of liquid food coloring
- Stir together the cornstarch and water until mixture is smooth. Stir in enough food coloring to make an intense color.
- Using large paint brushes, brush the paint onto the sidewalk. As the paint dries, the color gets brighter. The paint washes away with water or the next rainfall.