Kids love playing with sidewalk chalk. Toddlers love it because it gives them freedom to be creative and explore art. Parents love it because it helps their toddler develop fine motor skills, such as grasping and and holding. Now I know chalk really isn’t that expensive, but I thought it would be fun to make our own chalk. It turned out great and I’m excited to share this easy recipe!
Here’s what you need:
*Plaster of Paris- I found mine at Michaels for $4.99 and used a 40% off coupon. You can find it on Amazon.
*Food coloring or Powdered Tempera Paint- I used food coloring because I couldn’t find any at Michaels.
First, mix 1 cup of Plaster of Paris to 1/2 cup water. Mix this in a bowl that you can throw away. DO NOT PUT PLASTER DOWN THE SINK!!! Mix until it is the consistency of pancake batter. If it seems too watery, add more plaster or vice versa. Stir in your colors. I used food coloring, so I added a bit more plaster of paris to make it not so watery. It should look something like this picture.
Then you pour the mixture into a mold. You could use muffin tins, silicone molds, or toilet paper rolls. If you use toilet paper rolls, tape the bottom of it before pouring in. Here’s what mine looked like:
I also poured the mixture into a heart silicone mold I found at Target last Valentine’s Day.
Let them sit until they are dry. It doesn’t have to be in the sun, but it may dry quicker that way. My molds took about 30 minutes. Then pop the molds out or peel the paper off the toilet paper rolls. I do have to say that the cardboard paper stuck to the chalk when I peeled it off, so I preferred using the heart-shaped mold.
I couldn’t even get a quick picture of the heart chalk before my toddler grabbed them to start drawing!
Not sure why they wanted to draw on the water-covered table, but they were being creative 🙂
This activity is simple and it really does make good chalk! I found that they hold up nicely since I dropped a heart and it didn’t even chip. I hope you’ll try this out…I’m sure any child will love to play with homemade chalk!