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Easy-to-Make Sidewalk Paint

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When paper isn’t big enough for your little artist, move to the sidewalk. A set of these paints and a big chunk of pavement are all your kids need. They can paint pictures, write their names, or draw games like hopscotch. And if your kids want to start over, rinse the pavement with water to wash the paint away.
When paper isn’t big enough for your little artist, move to the sidewalk. A set of these paints and a big chunk of pavement are all your kids need.
What You’ll Need for Each Color
  • ¼ cup water
  • Small disposable or recyclable plastic container
  • ¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Old paintbrush or foam brush
What to Do
  1. Pour the water into the container.
  2. Add the cornstarch until it’s dissolved.
  3. Add food coloring, and stir until blended.
  4. Repeat to make all the colors you want.
  5. Paint sidewalks, rocks, or other paved areas (with permission, of course). Don’t forget to stir the paint often to keep it smooth.
Extend the Fun

Younger children: The paint looks watery when you first brush it on the sidewalk. To pass the time until it’s dry, count out loud how many seconds it takes for the paint to really start showing up. Then write, in paint, the number of seconds it takes. Follow up by asking your child to write the numbers that come before or after it.

Older children: Help your child share his creativity with friends or relatives who live far away. After he paints the pavement, have him take a digital picture of his work. Then help him write a short message on the picture and email it to a friend or family member. 

Which of the following phrases best describes your elementary-school student?

Parents Talk Back
Which of the following phrases best describes your elementary-school student?
My kid is an introvert.
10% (6 votes)
My kid is an extrovert.
35% (21 votes)
My kid is mostly an introvert but sometimes behaves like an extrovert.
28% (17 votes)
My kid is an extrovert but acts like an introvert from time to time.
27% (16 votes)
Total votes: 60