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Sidewalk Chalk Art

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My kids absolutely LOVE playing with chalk, and I love to see the smiles on their faces when they are outside and using their imagination. So here are 4 sidewalk chalk activities that I hope your kids will love as much as mine did!


1. Sidewalk Chalk Paint  – (This is different then my previous post as that was a spray and this one should be used with a foam paint brushes.)

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What you need: 

Water

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Liquid Watercolor Paint or Food Coloring

** Liquid Watercolor is a fabulous substitute for food coloring. They are WASHABLE, they are more vibrant, they are easier to use, and cheaper! **

What to do: 

Fill your container of choice halfway with cornstarch. Muffin tins from the Dollar Store are my favorite for homemade paint. Then add you choice of colors. Add water to the colored cornstarch and stir. And you really can’t go wrong with the ratio, if it’s too thick add water; too thin add cornstarch. It’s super simple.


2. Erupting Rainbow Sidewalk Chalk Paint


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What you need: 

Cornstarch

Baking Soda

Water

Liquid Watercolor Paint or Food Coloring

Squeeze Bottles

Vinegar

Spray Bottles

What to do:

Again, super simple. I mixed 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup cornstarch, and 1/3 cup baking soda for each color. The more color you add, the more vibrant the color will be. I found it easiest to mix the ingredients in a measuring cup with an easy pour spout then put it into the squeezy bottle.

After the kids have used all their paint, give them Spray Bottles with the vinegar in it and let them spray over their creations! My kids call it magic and they get so excited! 🙂 Just use the hose for easy clean up!

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3. Chalk Bombs: Water Balloon Fun

What to do: 

Use the same ingredients from up top **Sidewalk Chalk Paint.8b8d98fe72ef6832f9e1791e8ca3edcb

(Cornstarch, Water, Liquid Watercolor Paint/Food Coloring)

Then refer to my earlier post (click here) on directions on how

to fill up your water balloons!

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4. Frozen Popsicle Chalk

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What you need & need to do:

This time I used half cornstarch, half water, and washable tempura paint instead of food coloring.

If you choose to use food coloring, add a few drops of dish washing liquid to make clean up easier!

Make your different colors, and then poor them into your Popsicle molds. (You can use regular ice cube trays, I just think these are easier because they are on the stick.) Freeze then play!

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And even though they look good, I don’t suggest letting your children eat these!

Chalk Spray!

All the fun of chalk, none of the mess!

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What you need:

× 1 tsp. washable tempera paint

× 1 cup of hot water

× 1/2 cup of cornstarch

× squirt of dishwashing liquid

× 1 squirt bottle

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What to do:

1.   Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps.

2.   Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid.   Mix well.

3.   Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well.

4. Have fun!

DIY Water Balloon Pump

No more hassling with the kitchen sink or the hose to fill water balloons. I found this much easier, and kid friendly way!

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All you need to do is wash out an old shampoo / conditioner / hand sanitizer pump bottle and fill with water! The kids are able to fill them up easily, and all you have to to do is tie them off and you’re ready for some fun!

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(Look back to my old post for fun games to play using water balloons!)

Ice Block Treasure Hunt

I just came across this idea of The Ice Block Treasure Hunt that I think my 3 year old would absolutely love to do.  Plus it seems it’s something that could keep him busy for a while, and keep him cool at the same time.

So here’s what you will need:

×plastic container or bowl
×water
×small toys: plastic animals, cars, rings, bouncy balls, shells, coins, etc
×optional: ice cube tray, food coloring and water to make colored ice
×warm water, spray bottles, paintbrushes, salt, a hammer – or anything really that you think would work it get the toys out.

Now what you need to do:

1. Make and freeze colored ice cubes using the food coloring and water

2. Fill the plastic container with about and inch of water. Add three or four toys and some colored ice cubes and freeze.

3. When the first layer is frozen solid, add more water and a few more toys and ice cubes. Repeat this process until your container is full and you have a solid block of ice. It may take a couple of days to create your ice block.

4. Remove the ice block from the plastic container.

5. Give your kids the tools you picked out so they can start digging out the toys while you sit back and enjoy watching them.

Summer Fun, With Water Balloons!

I remember when i was younger how much i looked forward to summer vacation. Now as an adult with kids of my own, with less than a month left of the school year, I find myself sitting here trying to figure out ways to keep them busy for those long, HOT summer days.

What’s a better way to beat the heat than using water balloons? As a parent your fingers may be sore by the time you’re done tying all these balloons off, but the smiles on your children’s faces will make it worth it. I promise. So here’s a list of different games you can play with water balloons, because just throwing them at each other is so last season!

1. Water Balloon Toss –  Yes! You guessed it, just like an egg toss. Stand directly across from your partner. Start off close, and with each successful toss and catch, take a step back. The game ends when someone gets wet. **To make the game more interesting, have kids lather up hands with soap before starting!**

2. “Hot Water” Balloon – Just like Hot Potato, but wetter! Play some music, when the music stops whoever is holding the “hot potato” is out and game continues until there is one player left. **Or I just came across this while making this post: Play hot potato using a water balloon with a small hole poked in it that causes a little leak as it goes around the circle.**

3. Water Balloon 3-Legged Race –  Have each racer hold a balloon. Who ever wins, gets to throw the unbroken balloons at the losing team/s.

4. Water Balloon Egg Relays – Carry your balloon on a spoon! Try a serving spoon because anything smaller may be impossible. **Or use an empty paper towel roll and have the balloons sit on the top.**

5. Water Balloon Tag – Whoever is “it,” carries the water balloon. If you get hit with the balloon and it breaks, well “Tag you’re it!!”

6. Water Balloon Dodge Ball – Just like regular Dodge Ball. Be careful not to hit other players in the face!

7. Water Piñatas –  Hang up those water balloons and grab a stick!

8. Water Balloon Darts – Hang up some balloons (the smaller the easier), and see who can hit the target!

9. Blindfold Toss Game –  Blindfold the players with bandanas and have them try and toss water balloons to each other.

10. Catch and Duck – Divide the kids into 2 teams and have them stand at a good distance apart. Each team gets a plastic tub filled with water balloons and an empty plastic tub. The teams take the water balloons and throw them at each other. While they are throwing water balloons they are also trying to catch the balloons that are being thrown at them. The balloons that are caught are placed in the empty container. When there are no more the caught balloons are counted and the the team with the most wins!

11. Net Catch – Play catch with the balloons using large nets to catch them with.

12. Target Splash – Draw different targets on the sidewalk or driveway with sidewalk chalk.  One at a time let the kids try and hit the targets with the water balloons.

Don’t forget the most important game of all!

13. Water Balloon Pick Up – After the games are over give each child a sack or container and whoever picks up the most balloon pieces gets a prize!

Now if you’re like me, your fingers will probably get tired trying to tie all those balloons. I found this awesome product on Amazon, that I promise you won’t regret buying this summer. It makes filling and tying balloons super easy! Go check it out!