A List Maker's Life: Summer To-Dos: Part 2

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer To-Dos: Part 2

No one in our house wants to believe that today is the last day of July!  Yet, by the looks of our summer fun list we have been packing a load of fun into each summer moment.  And thankfully, we still have the entire month of August to revel in all things vacation!

This past week:
Camp Geneva 
Pick Blueberries
Holland State Park
Swim in a Pool
Make Slush
Water Balloons
and more!

Two other recent summer to-do faves included chalking the walk and making superballs.

The superballs were a hit with the boys.  For some reason, no matter how carefully I followed the instructions my attempts failed, but when the kids tried their batch they had just the right touch for stirring up super balls!

We play with sidewalk chalk often, but I had a vision of trying something different to completely cover our front walk with colorful designs.  After searching through many great chalk recipes we decided to make sidewalk chalk paint with cornstarch and water.  The mixing was easy. 

I was worried that the food color was going to leave great stains on the many places chalk paint was flying, but thankfully it all washed out. 
This project was a big hit with Anne Hope.  She likely would have spent an entire day painting and mixing new colors if her partners in play would have stuck with her longer.

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint
~Paint Containers (we used baby food jars, but ice cube trays might work well)
~Water
~Food Coloring
~ Cornstarch
~Brushes (we used 1" foam brushes)

The mixing measurements are kind of trial and error.  We started with a large tablespoon of cornstarch in each baby food jar.  Add water (about 1/4 cup).  Stirring should feel a bit thick, but not have the hard to stir through oobleck feeling.  Mix in color.  Don't skimp on food coloring or all of your chalk drawings will look like shades of white.  We ended up adding more color as we painted to make brighter designs.
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3 comments:

  1. You all have been having lots of fun! The chalk looks neat.

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  2. Lots of creative summer fun at your place and magic memories to boot.

    I can't wait for the warmer temps to grace us. Although our winter really is mild so I can't complain.

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