My kids have always liked washing the windows (yes, I like to use child labour). It’s all about the spray bottle and spraying as much as you can. So last week, after a little too much fun was being had while washing windows that I actually did want cleaned, I just filled an old spray bottle with water and sent Bear off around the garden spraying to his hearts content. Not a stone, leaf or slater was left unsprayed after the good hour he spent out there.
I had seen a few recipes for sidewalk chalk paint around blogland and had been wanting to give it a try for some time, but after seeing how much fun Bear had with the spray bottle, I had to give this one a try!
We played around with a few recipes and ended up with this one, changing it’s name to be a little more Aussie of course…
FIZZY FOOTPATH CHALK PAINT
1/4 cup cornflour
250g of baking soda
1/2 cup cold water
a few squirts of dishwashing liquid
a few drops of food colouring
You might like to play around with this recipe to get the consistency that’s right for you. You’ll just need to add more water if you return to it the next day and it’s started to dry out.
Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray on the painted chalk. Watch it start to fizz!
I had trouble dragging Bear away from this activity.
Incidentally, bicarb soda & vinegar are apparently a great natural combo for cleaning your bathroom – might just have to set this game up in the bathroom next time… minus the food dye of course!
For more fun kids activities, you might like to check out our Kids Craft Page.