If you ever peruse Pinterest then I’m sure you’ve come across a few sidewalk chalk recipes showing DIY Sidewalk Chalk in vibrant colors and fun shapes. My kids love sidewalk chalk and we go through it like mad. I’ve been wanting to make some with them as a weekend project, so I finally ordered the materials so that we could make that happen.
But for some reason a crazy idea popped into my head while I was adding the supplies to my cart… You know those Treasure Soaps for kids where there are little figures or treasures inside the soap and it has to be used up before they can be pried out? Wouldn’t that be fun to do with sidewalk chalk as well? I certainly thought so, so I found some mini Pokemon characters and hid them inside the chalk when the kids weren’t looking. Imagine their surprise when they were coloring away and came across a little pocket monster!
I made half of my chalk with a surprise inside and half without. The first time my daughter came across one she was like, “what the?!” and after that, it was a free for all to see who could catch ’em all. One hazard of adding a surprise inside is that the kids tend to go through the chalk faster because they want to find the little toys inside. I bought an 8 pound pail of plaster of paris for $10, which should give me at least 100 pieces of chalk. And the kids had lots of playtime outside with the first batch, so definitely worth it in my eyes. I loved hearing their chatter later that night about the chalk. I mean, when do kids ever talk about their time outside playing with sidewalk chalk?!
These Surprise Inside Sidewalk Chalk would make great party favors! Create a couple for each child and place a toy inside that matches the theme of the party. What a fun surprise the kids would have when they head outside to draw.
Surprise your kids with their own DIY Sidewalk Chalk with a little treasure inside by following along:
DIY SIDEWALK CHALK SUPPLIES
Add in 1 cup plaster of paris. Mix well.
(Recipe makes 4-6 pieces of chalk depending on the size of your mold. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for each color that you want to create.)
Let dry for 24 hours. (I actually let mine dry for several hours until hard and then carefully wiggled the mold until they fell out when turned over. Feel free to test yours after several hours, as the drying process is quicker once the chalk is removed from the mold)
Carefully remove from the mold and let dry for another 24 hours.
Once the chalk is dry, head outside and get coloring! When the surprise is removed from the chalk simply wash it under warm water to clean off any residue.
So obviously the downside of having the kids help make the chalk is the fact that it takes so long to dry. For the 2 days of dry time I was asked multiple times if they could try it out yet. Because they were so excited to try their creation, I decided to whip up a batch of Sidewalk Chalk Paint since I had all the ingredients in house. This is always a hit with kids. I love how vibrant it is when it dries. My daughter really got into this and we ended up making it two times in one weekend.
DIY SIDEWALK CHALK PAINT SUPPLIES:
In a plastic cup, add 1 part corn starch to 1 part water.
Add in 1-2 tablespoons of tempera paint.
Use a paint brush or cookie decorating bottle to apply the paint.
I stopped by my local news station to share these fun projects. Check out the segment: