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Giant Sidewalk Chalk in Se7en Steps…

January 15th, 2009 · 10 Comments

I have discovered another life-skill, so my list of Se7en things every mother needs to know how to do is growing:

Here we go anyone who follows this blog knows that we have an overabundance of plaster of paris.

This was our book of the week a couple of weeks ago:


And ever since we read it, there has been a gentle hankering to make sidewalk chalks.

Lets meet the players: All you need is plaster-of-paris, water, food coloring and we used flimsy plastic cups to contain the mixed chalks. This is definitely an outdoor project. And nowhere near your drains – all you need is this stuff solidifying down a plug – no, stay well away from all drains.

And Play the Game:

  • Step 1: Pour your plaster into an old bucket to mix it.


  • Step 2: Add in some water.


  • Step 3: Give everyone a chance to stir, stir, stir… It should have the consistency of really thick custard.


  • Step 4: We poured our mixture into flimsy plastic drinking cups.


  • Step 5: Add food coloring to the container and stir, stir, stir…


  • Step 6: At this stage you have the most wonderful thick finger paints, … if you can handle the mess.



    But we reluctantly left most of ours overnight to set.


  • Step 7: We peeled the plastic cups off the chalks and there you are: giant sidewalk chalks.



  • And you are good to draw and draw and draw…



    These giant sidewalk chalks were brilliant – well worth the messy mixing, which just added to the fun.

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Tags: Concoction Crafts · Outdoors · Tuesday Art Task

10 responses so far ↓

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  • 2 Bec // Jan 24, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this! I’m going to make some for my daughter, she loves drawing with chalk.

  • 3 se7en // Jan 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I hope you have a great time together!

  • 4 Chrissy // Jan 26, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Hi! I saw this a few days ago over at One Pretty Thing. Thanks for this great tutorial. My girls love sidewalk chalk! I’ll be featuring it at my place as well! Thanks!

  • 5 se7en // Jan 26, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Fabulous, how nice to meet you. It is always great to connect with people that are kiddy craft mad!!!

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  • 8 Rachel // Jul 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Brilliant! I love sidewalk chalk! And these big pieces look like even more fun! I’d love for you to link it up to our “playtime” party:

  • 9 se7en // Jul 8, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Hay Quirkymomma, I love reading the “playtime” parties, thanks so much for the invite!!! I will be thrilled to join in!!!

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