My kiddos spend the majority of their summer splashing in any and every form of water they can find but on days that I put my foot down and deem it too chilly to swim (which happens more than you think in MN) I am desperate to find another activity that helps pass the time.

Enter our new favorite summer go-to fun activity that has all the neighbor’s kids flocking to our driveway:

Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

DIY: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

It is simple. So simple. And if you feel like turning it into a fun summer lesson that is easy too.

What you need:

DIY: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Water. Cornstarch. Food Coloring. Tupperware. Measuring Cup. Paintbrushes


Equal parts water & Cornstarch (I used 1/4 cup of each- I go slightly heavier on the cornstarch)

stir together. it will thicken quickly but it will mix together.

Then the fun part. Start adding food coloring. This is where, if you are feeling like a superstar mom, you can turn it into a lesson about color mixing. My boys were so excited to see what happened when they mixed all the different colors together. They had a blast making all the colors of the rainbow (and they learned all the colors of the rainbow!)

After the colors are mixed you are ready to paint! You will need to stir the “paint” occasionally to keep it from settling.

DIY: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

My 16oz box of cornstarch made 12 different “paints.”

The kids loved it.

DIY: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Then it rained and we got to start all over again.


DIY: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint