Outside play with chalk is classic summer fun. Kids of all ages love to draw, make up games, and play classics like hopscotch on the sidewalk. Rather than buy more chalk that will crumble and make a mess, let’s mix up a batch of colorful, homemade chalk paint!
Gather these ingredients and supplies:
Mix the ingredients together and be sure that no clumps of cornstarch are left on the bottom. The mixture will resemble soupy white chalk. Add in food coloring for paint colors of your choice. This is a great time for a refresher on what colors combine to make purple (red and blue) and orange (yellow and red).
If your kiddos want to take their color palette and counting skills up a notch, McCormick suggests these combos for egg dyeing that you can try with your chalk .
Notice how vibrant the colors get as the chalk paint dries.
Chalk Paint Play Ideas
Speed Drawing Call out a topic and paint for a set amount of time. Who can paint the best robot, most colorful rainbow, or scariest tiger in a minute?
Treasure Hunt Write a list filled with items to find around your yard such as 7 clovers, 2 dandelions, etc. Work as a group or break up into teams and paint circles for everyone to place the items in when found.
Memory Hop Make a grid and fill it with shapes and/or numbers drawn in different colors. For example, fill one square with a yellow triangle and another with a blue circle. Call out one item (yellow triangle) and have the kids hop to that square in the grid. Now announce a second item (blue circle). Keep adding one new instruction and have your kids repeat the full sequence. Continue this until you crown a memory hop king that can complete the longest series.
While Frog Jumping Day may be over, that day’s game ideas are perfect all summer long. Think outside of the box and have fun. Be sure to check out The Very Dusty Dog and Chalk Art Gone Wild for more chalky Bedtime Math problems.
Photo courtesy of Beth Levine