Fizzing Sidewalk Paint

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Originally published in Early spring, 2011, this is by far one of our kids most favorite play recipes.

Sidewalk chalk is fun, painting is fun, making things fizz is also fun! Let’s do all three!

This is a really simple recipe to create sidewalk chalk “paint” out of food coloring, baking soda and cornstarch.  We have made the standard sidewalk chalk paint before, but this recipe is better – it fizzes when you spray it with vinegar.

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To make your own fizzing sidewalk chalk you need:

  • A container of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • Warm (almost hot) Water
  • Food coloring

Mix the dry ingredients and then add water stirring until its not too thick.  I think we used about a cup, but I am not sure.   This paint dries very quickly – but washes off with ease!

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We made three colors, my kids favorites: pink, yellow and blue.

Here is the “before” it began fizzing.  I love the brilliant colors.

Now for the fun!  Spray the paint with a bottle of vinegar and watch the fizz appear.

To say this activity was a hit is an understatement.  They are thrilled.  We have leftovers!  .

And clean up was a bucketful breeze.  Want to add more “learning to this activity?  Talk about the reaction between acids and base chemicals.  This is a fun way to incorporate chemistry into your preschoolers life (or just enjoy the fizz).

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If you make fizzing sidewalk paint, tell me about it!

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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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