A few days after we made the fizzy sidewalk paint I decided to try regular sidewalk paint. I figured Lil would still like it even without the fizzy and spray bottle aspects and I wasn’t disappointed. She loved it and I had to call it quits way before she was ready. It was a lot colder that day then I had realized so we only got about 20 minutes of playing in before I was a Popsicle and decided that we had to go in.
I mix about a cup of corn starch and 2/3 cup of water, once it’s dissolved add a good squirt of clear dish soap and mix well. I then divide it into an old 6 well muffin tin and then add food coloring to it. It washed off easily and is a blast. I have found that depending on the kind of food coloring I use it might stain the sidewalk a little bit, but the sun will bleach it out soon enough.
As you can tell Lily loved this.
I would give this a 9 out of 10 crayon rating. It took about 2 minutes to put together and washes up wonderfully. Best part of all, Lily loved it.
I found this on Pinterest one morning last week went right out and made it for Lil.
It really couldn’t have been easier to put together. I had everything in the kitchen or craft closet so it cost me nothing to make which means it’s either a guaranteed failure or the best thing to ever happen. ever!
Fizzy Sidewalk paint:
About 8 big spoonfuls of baking soda
1/2 cup of cornstarch
Warm (almost hot) Water
Mix the dry ingredients and then add water stirring until its not too thick. I probably used about a cup, but I am not 100% sure. Once I separated it into the muffin tins, I used Wilton pastel food gels for the colors. This was so much fun. It comes with pink, yellow, blue and green so I got to show Lil how mixing colors makes new colors. We have pretty much perfected orange and purple at this point.
This paint dries very quickly – but washes off fairly easily. However the darker colors did stain the driveway a bit, but now even that has faded.
The blog I got the recipe from called for a container of baking soda, but I buy huge bags of baking soda from Costco so I just guessed at the amount. Next time I make this I will use more baking soda because there wasn’t nearly as much fizzing as I would have liked.
The fizzing came from vinegar in a spray bottle. Lil loves spray bottles so this was hands down the best thing in the world. Mom letting her just go free with a spray bottle and not a cat in sight to get in the way. YAY!
I gave this a 6 out of 10 crayon rating because of my bad proportions. I’m pretty sure Lil would give this a 8 rating; which YAY! We’ll try again with more baking soda.
*I don’t have an explanation for the helmet. It’s just part of her daily uniform lately. Whatever floats your boat kid.
Like I said yesterday Lil’s cousins Brock and Bryce were over a few days ago. After they finished their Popsicles they wanted to make a tent out of the sheet they had been using to sit on while eating their snacks. While Rita (My Mother in Law) was making the tent I grabbed 3 paint brushes that I wouldn’t mind if the bristles got ruined, some sidewalk chalk and two bowls of water. I put the bowls down on the patio and laid the brushes in the bowls. I explained to the kids that they were painting water and told them to have fun. They all loved the idea of painting and started making designs on the patio. Once Rita was done with the tent they even started painting the tent sheet. Brock (almost 4) was happily painting away, but kept saying to me “why are we using water? My Mom has paint for us to paint with”. I laughed and said that I have paint too, but today we were doing something different. He probably brought it up 4 or 5 times. I thought it was hilarious that he was totally having fun with the water, but wanted to know where the paint really was. I had a couple of opportunities to point out that if we had been using real paint we couldn’t do this or that and he still wanted to know where the paint was.
I highly recommend this activity. It kept the three of them busy for 30 or more minutes and I only had to break up a few squabbles.
After a while Lily decided to try the broom as a painting tool.
She seemed satisfied with the broom, but I think my bowls were just way too small.
Of course in the end everyone ended up inside the tent. And no one ever touched the sidewalk chalk.
I’d say this gets a 10 out of 10 crayons. It’s easy, cheap, has a very low mess factor, and everyone loved it.
I saw a form of painting with a dropper on a blog or Pinterest some time ago and filed it away as a fun thing to try at some point. (Sorry I can’t find a link for where I first saw it). I decided that Lil would probably like it, so I searched high and low for droppers, never once did I think to look on the ever holy Amazon, silly me. Anyway I finally found some at Hobby Lobby and everything fell into place.
These pictures are from our second attempt at dropper painting. The first time was pretty much a specular failure due to poor planning on my part.
I put some paint in the muffin tin wells and watered it down a bit. I grabbed some small posterboard and Lily went to town. Because the level of the paint was pretty low she had some issues with sucking the paint up into the dropper, but with a little help from me she got it.
She loved making the bubbles and then playing with them.
She liked dragging the end of the dropper though the paint almost as much if not more than dropping the paint in the first place.
This last picture is from our first attempt and I think you can see why it turned out so poorly. I had to do all of the sucking into the dropper because it was on the plate. I don’t know what I was thinking.
All in all dropper painting isn’t Lily’s thing right now. I’m sure I’ll try again at some later time and maybe she’ll like it better. For now I’m giving it a 3 out of 10 crayon rating.
A while ago I saw this great idea on Pinterest (our course) and just filed it in the back of my mind as something I thought Lily would like to do, but didn’t have any plans to do it immediately. Then one day a week or so ago Lil wanted to draw and so I grabbed a length of easel paper off of the easel and taped it to the wall. I very crudely drew a few frames for Lil and handed her the marker/crayon/colored pencil box and away she went.
Waldo came in while she was drawing in the frames and sat with her while I worked a little. After she was done he told me what it hit it was and to be sure to do it again. I was more than happy too.
This time she drew little people in the frames rather then amoebas. This kept her busy for almost an hour.
It's a person with a furry belly, of course.
This one is a howling man. See his "O-ing" mouth?
This was a very easy craft to set up and Lily loved it. I’d give it a 6 out of 10 crayon rating.