Summer is the perfect time to experiment with outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Creative play for preschoolers helps children develop crucial skills as they interact with others and think creatively. DIY sidewalk chalk activities are the perfect way to get your preschoolers outside and immersed in creativity!
Banish Boredom is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers looking for outdoor activities they can try with their toddlers and preschoolers. Here are three fun things you can do with sidewalk chalk!
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
- 6 cups cornstarch
- 3 cups water
- 6 colors of washable tempera paint
- Working with one batch at a time, in a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup cornstarch with ½ cup water. Stir until the cornstarch is incorporated well. It will take a little muscle; the kids typically like to help with this.
- Add several drops of one color of tempera paint. If you’d like the color to be brighter, add a little more. Mix until you get your desired color. Then transfer the colored paint to a smaller container for painting.
- Repeat until you have six different colors of paint (or as many as you like).
- Once you have all the sidewalk paint mixed, take your kids outside, hand it over, and watch out.
More to Do with Sidewalk Chalk!
- Help your kids use the chalk paint to mark outdoor game, such as hopscotch or tic-tac-toe.
- Hit the streets and chalk mark around your neighborhood. Consider your neighbors and use your discretion!
- Use the paint as a fun opportunity to practice and reinforce letters and numbers by having the kids trace templates you’ve already marked on the sidewalk.
- Heavy-weight white paper
- Tempera or watercolor paints
- Washi tape (or similar, light-adhesive tape that can be removed easily-painter’s tape is a good alternative)
- Glue, white crayon, or chalk
- Have the kids tear pieces of tape in advance and then stick the tape pieces to the paper in whatever design they wish.
- Allow the kids to paint over the taped paper, encouraging them to cover the white space (so that the resist pattern actually shows up).
- Let the painting dry almost completely, and then let your children (with appropriate assistance given their age and temperament) remove the tape pieces to reveal the resist!
- Instead of making a random pattern, use the tape to outline a more realistic shape.
- Use the negative space from the tape to write a message and turn the painting into a card for someone special.
- Try other forms of resist painting, using glue, white crayon, or white chalk to draw a design or image. Then paint over it (once dried, for the glue) to reveal the resist.