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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sidewalk Chalk Paint & Plastic Easter Egg Play

Do you still have a multitude of leftover plastic Easter eggs? We do over here, too. Earlier this week, I shared 15 ways to reuse plastic Easter Eggs. You should definitely check it out. We are still coming up with new ways to reuse all of these eggs. A couple of days ago, we spent a good hour painting on the sidewalk with plastic Easter eggs and sidewalk chalk paint. (BTW, I have the Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe, too!) The boys had a blast. Here's how it went down:

You will need:
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of cornstarch
- empty squirt bottles (like dish soap bottles)
- food color
- plastic Easter eggs

How to make the Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
Add the cornstarch into the water, in small increments, whisking as you add the cornstarch, until thoroughly combined. It should produce approximately 3 cups of sidewalk chalk paint. Add equal amounts of the cornstarch mixture to each squirt bottle and add about 5 drops of food color (or more if you like) and shake each bottle to combine the paint.

There are so many ways to play with the sidewalk chalk pain and plastic Easter eggs:
- Pour the paint into the eggs and drizzle it out
- Crack the paint filled eggs open onto the cement
- Shake paint filled eggs (with the holes) to drip onto the cement
- use the egg shell halves to stamp with paint or to create impressions into partially dried paint
- lay the shells down and paint over the top of the shells
- use a paint brush (or basting brush) to paint directly onto the cement.

 Mac enjoyed pouring the paint inside the Easter Eggs

Mixing the paint colors was a fun experiment 

 Pouring the paint from the eggs onto the concrete.

 Cheese scraped the paint with the plastic egg shells.

 Cheese's favorite activity was pouring the paint directly onto the concrete. (Typical toddler) 

 At this point, Cheese claimed ownership over the bottle of green paint, and became angry when he was forced to share with his brother. So, to protest, he decided to lay face-down on the painted concrete. Oh, toddlers. ;)

This was the result of his protest. The funny thing was that it never seemed to bother him to have wet chalk paint on his face. He was crying because he was angry. 

Scraping patterns into the paint. 

Super easy, potentially messy (completely washable), but plenty of fun.  


Anonymous said...

Cool ideas! Going to try this on a nice day outside soon with my 2.5 year old son! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Mary said...

They are so darn cute! Mac and Cheese! I never knew that's what you called them, but I love it.

Okay, I'm going to follow you!

Unknown said...

Ha ha! Thanks, Mary Mary. You amuse me. ;)