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Y Kids - DIY Chalk Paint

05 May 2020 - Y ActivitiesY Kids

This kid-friendly outdoor paint combines paint with chalk for an extra fun version.

When kids paint the chalk onto the driveway or footpath, it will dry into a pretty chalk creation later. And just like chalk, this outdoor chalk paint will vanish with water. You can easily make this recipe with ingredients you already have at home. Give this outdoor chalk paint a try and see what creative designs your children come up with. 

Activity suitable for ages 2+ (with parental supervision).


  • ¾ - 1 cup of water (¾C for thicker paint, 1C for runnier paint, great for squeezy bottles)
  • cup cornflour
  • cup bicarbonate soda


  • Bowl or measuring jug
  • Metal spoon or whisk
  • Messy-play clothes
  • Paint brushes or squeeze bottles


  1. Place your water into your bowl or measuring cup. 
    Use ¾ cup for thicker paint (perfect for paintbrushes). 
    Use 1 cup for thinner paint (perfect for squeezy bottles). 
  2. Add cup cornflour into the water.
  3. Stir it up with a spoon or whisk, breaking up any clumps.
  4. Next, add cup bicarbonate soda.
  5. Stir it up, again breaking apart any clumps.
  6. If you would like to make multiple colours, split your mixture now into different small bowls or squeeze bottles. If your container has a lid, you can keep any leftover chalk paint ready to use for next time! 
  7. Add food colouring into the mixture. Gel food colouring is great for vivid colours – a few drops goes a long way! 
  8. Paint on your driveway or footpath! As the paint dries, the water evaporates, leaving only a chalk-like powder behind. It is then easily removed with water – you can wash it away, or wait for rain. 

Play-based learning encourages children to use their imagination - the best way to learn is through drawing, digging, role-playing, singing, crafting and more! For more fun activities, visit The Y at Home blog

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