Monday, June 22, 2015

Sidewalk Chalk Painting

We made 'sidewalk chalk' paint today with the children. It is such an easy recipe - you mix water, cornstarch and food colouring until you get a paint like texture. This is an interesting messy recipe because if the paint sits for a while, the cornstarch settles to the bottom of the cup and the artist needs to work to mix it up again with a spoon or brush.

Sidewalk chalk paint is fun to use - it's drippy and messy and clumps when it is dropped on the paper. This is similar to our 'goop' recipe where the cornstarch/water mixture acts as both a solid and liquid.

Because of the paint's properties, the children can create some amazing artwork where the colours blend and bleed into one another.

The paint can also be splattered and dropped, engaging children in a fun sensory experience that encourages the use of interesting action words!

This chalk is fun to use outside too!

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