In this article:
- Cardboard Tube Chalks
- Night Time Chalks
- Exploding Chalk Bombs
- Color Changing Chalks
- Multicolor Star Chalks
- Ice Cream Chalks
- Balloon Chalks
- Melting Ice Chalks
Staying at home can be boring, but it is even more tedious for your children! Take this opportunity to experiment with your children! Here are 8 DIY sidewalk chalk ideas!
CARDBOARD TUBE CHALKS
You can use the cardboard tubes of paper towels or toilet paper!
- Cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet papers
- Duct tape
- Tempera paint
- Plaster of Paris
- Quart plastic containers
- Freezer tape
Step 1: Cut the paper towel tubes in half or just use toilet paper tubes—tape off one side of each tube with duct tape to seal the end.
Step 2: Cut the freezer paper into a 6-inch square and line each tube with one piece
Step 3: Mix the plaster of Paris to the correct ratio as it is given on the package. Then mix 2 tbsp of the desired color of tempera paint with the water used to make plaster. Carefully add the plaster mix to the colored water mixture and stir slowly but thoroughly.
Step 4: Fill out each tube with the help of a spatula, release the air bubbles after filling them.
Step 5: Plaster can be removed from the tube after 2 hours, once set. And make sure to dry your chalks 1-3 days after removing from the tubes.
Nighttime chalks can be your children’s favorite because they glow in the dark!
- 1 cup of plaster of Paris
- 1 tbsp fluorescent paint
- ¾ cup of warm water
- Silicone mold of any shape
Step 1: Mix the glowing paint and water until the paint is dissolved
Step 2: Add 1 cup of plaster of Paris into the bowl and mix
Step 3: Pour the mixture into the silicone mold
Step 4: Have you chalk rest for at least 12 hours
EXPLODING CHALK BOMBS
Exploding chalk bombs are both fun and artsy! You can make targets in your garden/on the sidewalk with some rocks and ask your kids to aim for these targets! When they hit the target, it’ll be a colorful piece of art!
Step 1: Mix 1 cup of cornstarch with 1 cup of white vinegar.
COLOR CHANGING CHALKS
Color changing chalks are fun to make, and they can be an excellent opportunity to explain to your children about how different colors are achieved when primary colors are mixed!
- 6 squirt bottles
- Baking soda
- Food coloring
Prepare 3 bottles of cornstarch and baking soda and food coloring mix.
Prepare 3 bottles of vinegar and food coloring mix.
Step 1: Fill 3 of the bottles ⅔ with baking soda and cornstarch
Step 2: Fill 3 of the bottles with ⅔ vinegar
Step 4: Once chalk and vinegar are combined they will change color (yellow+blue=green)
MULTICOLOR STAR CHALKS
Can’t choose which color you want your chalks to be? Make these multicolored chalks and have it all!
Step 1: Add 2 tbsp of water to a bowl
Step 2: Add 3 tbsp of plaster powder
Step 3: Add food coloring and mix well
Step 4: Pour your mixture evenly into the silicone mold
Step 5: Wait at least 12 hours before using your chalks
ICE CREAM CHALKS
Ice cream chalks are cute and delicious looking!
- Plaster of Paris
- Tempera paint
- Silicone pop mold
- Woodcraft sticks
- Plastic cups
- Plastic spoons
Step 1: Fill ⅓ of plastic cups with cold water
Step 2: Add 2 tbsp of tempera paint in each cup (different colors)
Step 3: Stir well with plastic spoons
Step 4: Add ⅔ cup of plaster of paris in each cup
Step 5: Mix well and put the mixture into the silicone mold
Step 6: Put the sticks into the mixture (like preparing popsicle sticks)
Step 7: You can remove your chalks from the mold after 1 hour, wait 24 hours before using your chalks
Shape your chalks the way you want! Make them look like rocks or any shape you like!
- Bucket of plaster of Paris
- Plastic dishes and spoons
Step 1: Mix the plaster and water in a container
Step 2: Add food coloring and mix well
Step 3: Put the balloon around the funnel and use a spoon the plaster into the balloon
Step 4: Get your children to shape the balloons before the mixture dries completely
Step 5: Cut the balloons after 24 hours and have fun!
MELTING ICE CHALKS
Melting ice cube chalks are both refreshing and fun!
Step 1: Mix ¼ cup of baking soda and cornstarch
Step 2: Add ¼ of food coloring in each cup
Step 3: Add ½ cup of water and mix well
Step 4: Pour your mixture into the ice tray and keep them in your freezer for 24 hours
Have fun while making chalks at home and don’t forget to experiment with these ideas!
Tell us your favorite DIY chalk recipe! Which one was a big hit in your household? Tell us now in the comments section!
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