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!