It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Sidewalk Paint!

Brilliant and easy! Equal parts cornstarch and water, and enough food colouring to get the colour you want. It dries to a chalky finish, but we found the colour to be very bright, possibly because I was using Neon colours.
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The kids loooved it!
Tip: Get the cheapest paint brushes you can find in the hardware store: the sidewalk is rough and chews them up.
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The sidewalk outside my home was a brilliant mess of happy colours … until the next rain, when it washed right away! Perfect!

July 31, 2013 - Posted by | crafts, daycare | , ,


  1. I’ve always wondered if the food coloring would stain the sidewalk. No?

    Mine wasn’t stained, no, but I’ve heard from other bloggers that this happened for them, though I gather the stain was never very dark. I also figured that, even had it stained badly, it would fade over time, with rain, the bleaching effect of sunlight, and the abrasion of people walking over it. Bottom line? So the sidewalk out front of my house is stained pale pink and purple in spots. Does it matter? Not to me! 🙂

    Comment by Samantha | July 31, 2013 | Reply

    • I did this years ago with my own children after seeing it on a science tv show I don’t know if I did something wrong but it took at least three months to come off my front path and nearly a year to come off the side of my house, the children were very impressed me not so much : )

      Well, now. Ours came off three days later when it rained. I wonder why the difference? However, it truly wouldn’t have bothered me had it not come off … though I may have felt somewhat differently had we been painting on the house…

      Comment by Cate | July 31, 2013 | Reply

  2. Oooh fun and might I say I just LOVE their matching hats. Must make them easy to spot when at the park and such. Neat idea.

    I made those, and that’s precisely why: makes the constant head count sooooo much easier! (Also parents too often send children, particularly boys, in ball caps, which are totally inadequate as sun protection. This avoids that little issue, as well.)

    Comment by Sheri | July 31, 2013 | Reply

  3. I do this with my Daughter, she absolutely loves it and we’ve never had a problem with it washing off.

    Comment by MelissaV | August 2, 2013 | Reply

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