Recipe for Success… and Sidewalk Paint

July 21, 2011 at 10:54 | Posted in Kid Concoctions, Outside Play, Play@Home Mom, Recipes | 1 Comment

There’s a new book out by ALEX called Kid Concoctions: Weird Wacky & Wild Stuff You Can Make At Home! written by John E. and Danita Thomas. It is filled with all sorts of easy-to-make at-home concoctions. What kind of concoctions you ask? Things like slime, paints and even toys that kids can make on their own using everyday household items. I have the book and tried out the Super Sidewalk Paint with my girls.

ALEX Super Sidewalk Paint

Here is the recipe (it’s SUPER EASY):
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup water
6-8 drops of food coloring

Since we wanted to have a few different colors for rainbows, we quadrupled the recipe (1 cup cornstarch & 1 cup water). The girls mixed the cornstarch with the water – it’s really fun to touch – and poured it in into smaller cups. Next we added the drops of food coloring and voilà… we’re ready to paint!

ALEX Super Sidewalk Paint

The colors came out so nice and bright! We used sponge brushes, which are inexpensive and easy to find at craft stores (ALEX also has reusable sponge painters). The girls didn’t have to worry about their hands getting dirty or their fingers getting scratched by the cement – hooray!

ALEX Super Sidewalk Paint ALEX Super Sidewalk Paint

ALEX Super Sidewalk Paint

It was a total success! The paint that got on their clothes washed right out with water, and the driveway designs we painted completely washed off the next day (a hose easily washes it away, too). I rinsed off the cups and brushes and kept them in a re-sealable plastic bag for next time. The girls loved this fun sidewalk paint recipe and we will definitely be making some more soon!

Do you think your kids might enjoy sidewalk and driveway painting? Let me know and be sure to post pictures of your new art on the ALEX Facebook page – I would LOVE to see what you and your kids paint this summer!

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