How-To: Sidewalk Chalk

Sure, sidewalk is cheap and easy to buy at Target. It comes in many different packs and in many different sizes, so why on Earth would you want to make your own?

We have some rainy days coming up in Minnesota, and if I know anything about children, I know that they get antsy and can be a handful. Teaching your children to make sidewalk chalk will eat up a lot of the time during the day and provide quality bonding time.

Sidewalk Chalk


  • 1 cup plaster of paris
  • 1/2 cup cool water
  • 3 tablespoons liquid powdered tempura paints


  • Pour plaster into a clean container (like a coffee tin or ice cream tub).
  • Using a disposable stir-stick, stir in most, but NOT all, of the water.
  • Add 2 tbsp of the liquid tempera paint, mixing well, especially at the bottom; add another tbsp of paint if you think it needs it.
  • Add a little more water as the mixture thickens.
  • Stir well and pour into small containers, such as the tiny dixie paper cups.
  • Peel paper off after the chalk dries, give to the kids, and let them have fun; outside, of course!
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