Summer is almost here and if you’re looking for a fun project to keep the kids busy have you thought to make your own sidewalk chalk? This is such a fun summer project to do with the kids and it’s easy to do: choose a color, mix, pour, wait and then COLOR!
Here is what you will need:
A mold-I used my Wilton’s heart mold that we made crayons in last week. Interesting how it is much more useful now that I started using it for non-food items! There’s a huge variety of silicone molds too which would be perfect to use when you make sidewalk chalk or crayons!
Something to mix in, something to mix with and water.
First, we put a large pea-size portion of gel food coloring into a plastic cup holding 1 cup of Plaster of Paris.
We had another plastic cup with 3/4 cup of water in it. We added a little at a time and I let my little guy stir like crazy. He that it was almost magical how the little bit of color soon turned the whole concoction a bright color! We didn’t end up adding the full 3/4 cup of water. We stopped when the consistency looked like this:
After about two hours, pop the sidewalk chalk out of the mold. How incredibly cute and easy is it to make your own sidewalk chalk?!
We headed outside and the kids had a blast! They were so bright and the perfect size for little hands. They wrote just like the store-purchased variety! My kids were so proud that they made it almost completely by themselves and they had so much fun creating a masterpiece to greet their Dad when he arrived home from work!
A few things:
I didn’t see the warning on the Plaster of Paris until after we had them drying in the mold. There is a warning that states: Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. I know that these warnings are on many things, but it’s better to be safe so I had my kids wash their hands thoroughly. Read and research these things for your own family!
Also, when you love the bright colors and go crazy with the food coloring, there are bound to be repercussions! If you don’t want tie-dye hands, you might want to use a bit less! We are still sporting purple fingertips!
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