Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Recycling Sidewalk Chalk into Sidewalk Paint
It's hard to believe we're far enough into the summer already, to have used up sidewalk chalk, but I noticed the other day, many of our pieces of chalk were down to broken stubs.
So, I was pretty happy to find a "recipe" for sidewalk chalk paint, to make use of our nearly used up pieces.
I placed the chalk bits in Ziploc baggies, one baggie for each color, and let the girls pound them into powder with a rubber mallet - fun, fun, fun!
Once they had reduced the pieces into a fairly fine dust, I transferred it into cups...
...and added just enough water to make it paint-like when stirred with a popsicle stick.
The girls loved it. The color was slightly lumpy, but quite bright when wet, and dried to look exactly like normal sidewalk chalk. It was perfect for making large, sweeping expanses of color.
In fact, they were having so much fun out front, in the driveway, it wasn't long before we were joined by little artists from all around the neighborhood.
It's great to be a homeschooler.