DIY:Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
It is always good to give your kids some projects to realize so that they feel more independent and at the same time you give them a space where they could get creative. Last week while I was browsing the net, I came across a nice project to busy the kids. I don’t deny the fact that I contributed to the project as well and that I was supervising them the whole time. But again for them, they think that they’ve made an achievement, which I agree with and I am proud of. The idea of this project is very simple and easy to realize! It’s about making your own colorful chalk. if your kids are at school age, this is a great fun to draw with chalk on the driveway or playground.
Anyways, here are the things that you and your kids will need to make this happen:
1) Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
2) Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe
3) 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris
4) 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint
5) Paper bag or a “mess mat”
6) Duct tape and wax paper
Now steps to follow to make a handmade chalk:
First step: Take toilet paper roll tubes and use duct tape to cover the bottom of the tube so that the content does not leak!
Second step: Depending on how many toilet paper roll tubes you have, cut pieces of wax paper and roll them to fit inside the tube. the wax paper will keep the mixture from sticking to the cardboard tubes. (Make sure the top of the wax paper is higher than the tubes)
Third step: Pour some warm water into your bucket and add some Plaster of Paris then stir well! Make sure you’re as quick as possible because usually plaster takes less than half an hour to start hardening
Fourth step: After your mixture is well stirred, add the tempera paint into the Plaster of Paris mixture so that you get some nice, colorful piece of chalk. (You could use different colors if you want a variety of colorful chalks)
Fifth step: Get a cookie sheet flat baking box and place your tubes to put them in a spot where they can dry easily.
Seventh step: Pour or spoon the colored Plaster of Paris mixture into the wax paper lined tubes. Leave for three days to harden!
Last step: After two days, peel off duct tape so that lower part hardens as well. When the chalk dries completely, peel off the paper tubes and wax paper!
Congratulations, you and your kids have just done this project on your own :D
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