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DIY Sidewalk Paint for Kids: Take 2

washable sidewalk paint for kids

We had another go at sidewalk paint for the kids yesterday. I made the paint the way you are “supposed to” with corn starch instead of flour this time (equal parts corn starch and water). I also used Crayola washable paints (affiliate link) instead of food dye after reading a comment left by Cindy on this post. We haven’t had issues with food dye staining on clothes yet, but I do know that it can be hard to wash out and both kids were wearing shirts I would like to keep stain-free.

DIY Sidewalk Paint Recipe

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • washable paint (food coloring may dye your concrete, not to mention clothing).


The kids painted with brushes until Johnny dumped all the bowls out, at which point Emma decided to come in (and Johnny soon followed). I don’t know if they were less into it because they didn’t like the texture with the corn starch as much as with the flour, or if it was just that they are both still sick (especially Emma, who is on week three of being sick nearly non-stop now) and so weren’t feeling very into doing anything. It was easier to get a nice paint texture using flour than corn starch, but the corn starch was easier to clean up since it didn’t stick to paint brush bristles. They didn’t try finger painting like last time, but Johnny did a lovely job of decorating his hands and feet (and clothing):


Emma’s hands, feet, and clothes were spotless, as usual. The corn starch looks like a mess, but it washes off really well with a little water – and the sidewalk paint on the clothing washed right out, too. This makes a great summer art activity for kids – easy to put together, and easy to clean up, so long as you keep it outside!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

16 thoughts on “DIY Sidewalk Paint for Kids: Take 2”

  1. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    Awwww… I hope they feel better soon. It's not much fun being sick! :-(

    Looks like the washable paint worked really well, and I have lots of that on hand here, so I'll try it the next time we make sidewalk paint. It's always a hit in our household!

  2. @Keeling – I wish we could get our kids together for a play date, sounds like they would get along perfectly!

  3. our kids are so much alike! Jack is like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, a cloud of dirt follows him around and Ainsley is miss priss, and always clean.

    I bought some crayola sidewalk paint this winter on clearance at walmart for $1 a bottle. I love it! The kids paint the porch, the fence, the picnic table, the rocks, everything!

  4. @Cindy – great idea to use liquid watercolors to refill ink pads, and I bet my kids would love your shaving cream in the tub activity.

  5. That is too funny about Emma being completely clean.

    That looks like quite a mess, but a lot of fun!

  6. I've been meaning to try this ever since your first post about sidewalk paint. Hope everyone starts feeling better soon.

  7. @Beverly – it's a lot of fun, and easier to clean up with the corn starch (washes off very quickly). My kids actually asked to do it again this morning…

  8. Johnny's feet look too cute! I am sorry you guys are still sick. I hope the baby and you stay well!!

  9. We do love our liquid watercolors. We add it to everything. My guy especially loves when we add it to shaving cream and I strip him down to his undies and he draws all over the shower. Besides just having plain fun, we make shapes and we are working on learning letters.

    You can also use it to refill ink pads.

    Hope the kids feel better soon.

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