Making our own chalk paint

Our class made their own chalk paint and they loved it!

Here is how we made the chalk paint…

There are a handful of ways to make chalk paint, after doing some research we decided to use the corn starch and water method! To add the color we used food coloring. You could probably use liquid watercolor if you have those on hand too! Now, I’m not a huge exact measurement person so don’t be upset with me – we used about half a cup of water and 2-3 spoonfuls of corn starch! I chose to separate the students into four pairs to make sure everyone had a part in the process.

Once they had their ingredients mixed up in their cup, we added the mixture to a muffin pan so we could make the different colors!

To help guide them with their color mixing, I made a chart that represented the ratios needed to make each color! They found this very helpful. I didn’t make them mix all the colors represented, I left this part up to them and you’ll see why in just a second!

The application…

After all the colors were mixed together, I had the students take their pans to the other table which was covered with a black trifold board. You could easily just cover the paper in black construction paper too! They all found a spot around the edge and painted along as I re-read the book we read during circle time. This particular book is a book with no words, so we took a picture walk and the children made up their own narrations! If you’re curious, the book we read that day was “Chalk” by Bill Thomson.


The paint initially appeared very dark and I was worried this was going to be a flop, but you have to be patient and wait for it to dry because the results are stunning!

We had a lot of paint left over, so we took the left overs outside and painted the sidewalk! This paint will wash away with rain or a water hose.

I love this activity because there are so many uses for the chalk paint. Let me know if you give this a try and what your results are, I would love to hear about them!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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