I know I've already mentioned it a few times, but I just had to revisit one of our favorite (and inexpensive!) outdoor Summer activities - homemade sidewalk chalk painting! It is SO much fun that I couldn't resist bringing it up one more time!
The recipe we usually follow calls for a 1:1 ratio of cornstarch and water, but today we used a bit more water (closer to a 2:1 ratio) and found that we liked it even better. We were able to paint longer brushstrokes without needing to reload the paintbrush, which is always great for the younger kids. Food coloring is used to add the color, but you should note that the colors will dry much lighter on the sidewalk than they appear in the paint tin.
Painting their hands and feet and making hand/footprints was a big hit today. The paint washes off extremely easily with water, and we didn't run into any problems with the food coloring staining skin or concrete.
Since the entire batch of paint only costs about $.25 to make, I never have to worry about them ruining expensive paints when it comes time to experiment with color mixing (Sutton's specialty!).
You can't have sidewalk chalk without making hopscotch!
Hope you're having a fun weekend too!