Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk and Paint

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When I was a kid we had a long dirt driveway, which was a source of serious disappointment for me. My friends with paved driveways used to make epic hopscotch paths and I so wanted to be able to make them. When we bought our house one of the first things I did was buy sidewalk chalk. What I didn't know then, and I do now, is I could have made my own. You can make your own sidewalk paint, too! I have a full container of chalk in my cupboard, but when it runs out I'l be trying some of these recipes. I added some fun activities you can do with chalk in here as well. Have fun!

Glow in the Dark Sidewalk Chalk

DIY glow in the dark sidewalk chalk recipe
Credit: Coffee Cups and Crayons

I was really surprised to discover how easy it was to make sidewalk chalk. I love that Megan made glow in the dark sidewalk chalk because who doesn't love things that glow in the dark? If glow in the dark chalk isn't your thing, you can replace the glow in the dark paint with a washable tempera paint.

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY sidewalk paint recipe
Credit: Jenny Collier

Homemade sidewalk paint is even easier to make than sidewalk chalk. I had no idea, you guys. So easy! You can whip up a batch in a few minutes and customize colors.It looks like so much fun!

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Fizzing Sidewalk Chalk Paint

DIY fizzy sidewalk paint recipe
Credit: The Pleasantest Thing

The only thing better than homemade sidewalk chalk paint is fizzy homemade sidewalk chalk paint. I love things that fizz! They're the best.

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Turn Your Sidewalk Chalk into Sidewalk Paint

Turn Your Sidewalk Chalk into Sidewalk Paint /></a><br /><em>Credit: <a target=Creekside Learning

As much as it is simple to make your own sidewalk chalk and paint, we know there are times you just want to reach for a box. I love how Julie's kids turned sidewalk chalk into sidewalk paint..

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Chalk Run and Jump

Sidewalk chalk run jump activity
Credit: The Pleasantest Thing

You've made your own chalk or paint. Your kids have created masterpieces on your driveway or sidewalk and now they have some energy to burn. I like Carolyn's outdoor chalk activity, which combines chalk, exercise and some friendly competition.

What sidewalk chalk activities are you doing this summer?

Karen Ballum is a Community Moderator on BlogHer.com. She also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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