Want a super fun and easy summer activity? Make this DIY chalk paint for kids! It’s hours of fun.
Hello, I’m Amy and I blog over at amylanham.com. I have two kids who will be home with me all summer. I’m looking forward to it, but also, I’m a little nervous about keeping them entertained!
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I’ve been coming up with all sorts of activities for us to do over summer and this one is such a winner! It’s easy and kept them entertained for a while. I can see us doing this over and over again all summer long.
How To Make DIY Chalk Paint for Kids
This DIY chalk paint for kids is like two activities in one. The kids thoroughly enjoyed making the chalk paint and then enjoyed paint with it too!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable craft card at the bottom of this post.
Craft Tools Needed:
Tips for Making DIY Chalk Paint for Kids
What should I use to smash the chalk?
A mortar and pestle would work amazing for this craft. But I don’t have one, so I just used whatever was on had.
The kids have these stainless steel measuring cups and spoons from IKEA in their outdoor play bins, so we used those. We tried smooshing the chalk using the measuring cups and spoons and it worked well.
The kids also had a blast smashing the chalk on the concrete and then scooping it up into the cups.
Be Prepared to get Messy
This is a very messy craft! By the end we were all covered in chalk. The more pigmented colors, like the red, stained our skin a little.
But nothing stained the concrete. But I would do this in an area that you don’t care about or on some grass or a tarp just in case.
Use Matching Colors to Create the Paint
We used greens and blues to create one color. Yellows to create another, and pinks, red, and purples for the third.
The fourth, my daughter added every color too and ended up with a brown. Be selective with what colors you add to the paint or every color will be brown.
Do I have to use all the DIY chalk paint at one time?
No! That’s possibly the best part about this DIY chalk paint for kids.
If the kids don’t use all the paint, no problem! Just leave the paint outside and it will dry out. It’s really easy to store once dry and can be kept in the cups or put in a plastic bag.
Then just add a little bit of water and stir when you’re ready to use it again. Add the water slowly until it’s the right consistency.
DIY Chalk Paint for Kids is so Pigmented!
The color is so pigmented! It’s like the best parts of writing with wet chalk, only better. The paintbrush gives more control and keep the colors from mixing.
Here you can see the difference between the colors and how dry chalk writes vs the chalk paint.
It’s also really fun to watch the chalk paint dry.
The color changes slightly as the paint dries, but it still stays really pigmented.
It washes off with a hose, just like regular chalk!
DIY Chalk Paint for Kids
- 1 Paint Brush
- 1 Cup
- Something to smash chalk with
- 4 pieces Chalk
- Gather similar colors of chalk, blues and greens, pinks and reds, or yellows. Still with one color family to create each paint color.
- Have you kids smash up the chalk! Hit it with cups and spoons on concrete and scoop the dust into a cup. Hit it in a cup with a spoon. Try to get the chalk to a powdery consistency.
- Once the chalk is in a powder, add to the cup and slowly add a little bit of water and stir with the paintbrush. The paint shouldn't be too thick or thin. It might be a little chunky though and that's ok if not all the chalk is broken down.
- When done playing, set aside to let it dry. Then add water again to play with the paint!
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