Frozen Sidewalk Chalk

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog | 4,500 Comments

I had a feeling that people would check out this post just because I used the word “frozen” thinking that it had something to do with the movie. It doesn’t, it’s just a great little project for the summer.

When you are making the rounds at garage sales this year, look for popsicle molds. Make sure they look different from any that you currently have and when you get home, make some frozen sidewalk chalk with your children!

The proportions are simple: one part water to one part corn starch. Mix in some tempera paint or try some powdered drink mix (you know, the one advertised by the big glass pitcher). You could use food coloring but that really gets into clothes and skin. Add 3 or 4 drops of dish soap, just to be on the safe side! Then freeze overnight and enjoy the next day.

The great thing about this chalk idea is the handle. It provides the illusion that their hands will stay clean! It also encourages children with sensory sensitivities.

By making this “recipe” with your children they will be less likely to try to taste them later. Give them a chance to taste it when it is just corn starch and water, or even after you add the powdered drink mix, if that is the way you want to go. Since there is no sugar in it, they will not care for the taste and will likely be the end of that.

If you have more popsicle molds you can simply freeze the unflavored drink mix and water (leave out the cornstarch) to make popsicle paints. This will not show up well on the sidewalk so bring some paper outside and let them get creative. I think that I would still add the few drops of dish soap, just to be on the safe side.

If you simply mix the cornstarch and water, you’ll end up with white frozen chalk and your children can use that to make a winter wonderland on the sidewalk and pretend they are the characters from the movie that had you tuning into this blog post in the first place. That’s enough from me for now, I’ll just “let it go”!

How did your frozen chalk work out? Did you come up with any additions or improvements on the recipe? Let us know.