Sidewalk chalk is a fun outdoor activity for kids that can keep them busy for hours. It’s also quite simple to make with just a few items. Given the warmer days ahead, I decided to make some sidewalk chalk for my kids and get them excited to play outside.
To put a fun twist on it, we made them in popsicle molds. Not only do they look more fun (and almost good enough to eat) the stick provides and additional “handle” that’s easy for little fingers to hold!
Edited to add: We loved this so much we also made freezer popsicle paints!
Sidewalk Chalk “Popsicles” – Materials
(**Recipe below is per color, make as much as you need per how many colored popsicles you make)
– 1/2 Cup + 3 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris
– 1/3 Cup of water
– Popsicle silicone mold (this is the one we used)
– Large popsicle sticks
– Plastic cups and spoons
(Note: glitter is pictured in the above photo. We thought it would add some sparkle to the chalk but it didn’t “stick” so well once mixed in so we omitted it.)
1. Gather your materials – plaster, water, food coloring.
2. Use one plastic cup per color and mix the plaster and water until a paste forms, it will resemble frosting. Mix in the food coloring until you get the desired color you like.
3. Using a plastic spoon, place the plaster mix inside the mold, add a popsicle stick in the middle, placing down as far as possible.
4. After 45 minutes, the popsicle chalks were hard enough to take out of the silicone molds. Allow them to dry upright in a cup until they are completely hardened. We did end up using them just a few hours after they were made, but you could wait until the next day to make absolutely sure.
I love the pastel colors and how they played off against the popsicle theme. These were so fun and easy to make! The kids helped by picking out the colors they wanted, mixing the plaster and also placing the sticks inside the molds.
The sticks make it easy to store the chalk upright and and have ready for whenever the inspiration strikes to have some fun outdoors.
The kids immediately had to test these out to start making some creative chalk art.
I think these fun “chalk-sicles” would look also look great as individual party favors wrapped up in a clear bag and ribbon for an ice cream social or sweets/candy themed party.
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