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Sidewalk Chalk Paint

It's easy to make your own wash-off nontoxic pigments using just a few household items. This is a great hands-on activity to keep the kids happily occupied at your upcoming block party, barbecue, or any ordinary summer day.

summer fun chalk it up

Photography: Chelsea Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Water

  • Cornstarch

  • Dry tempera paint

  • Small container

  • Stirring utensil

  • Paintbrushes


  1. In a small container, mix equal parts water and cornstarch.

  2. Add dry tempera paint, and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Use a paintbrush to stir and paint with the mixture. When done, it washes off with water.

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