Take the masterpiece (and the mess) outside with DIY sidewalk chalk paint. Another project I love because kids of all ages can paint. My kids loved painting on the sidewalk. The best part? After one rain they got to start again with a fresh canvas.

Like regular sidewalk chalk, sidewalk paint washes away with water. You can double or even triple the recipe to make larger amounts for parties or even just to keep on hand.

summer arts and crafts: sidewalk paint! - (cool) progeny

sidewalk paint


  • cornstarch
  • water
  • food coloring
  • small containers
  • paint brushes


Pour 1/4 corn starch into a small container. Slowly start adding up to 1/4 cup of water, stirring constantly until the mix is the the consistency of paint. The cornstarch is weirdly hard at first but as you slowly add water and stir the consistency will soften up.

Once the water and corn starch are fully mixed, add 5-10 drops of food coloring until desired color and stir to blend fully.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each of the colors you want to make.

Head outdoors and paint anywhere you would use sidewalk chalk!