Summer Fun With Ice Chalk Recipe

ice chalk FB

Summer can get pretty long especially those first few weeks when the kids are just out of school and we haven’t settled into a summer routine.  I like to keep them busy with new activities that they can learn from and enjoy. We tried this ice chalk recipe and it was super fun especially on a hot day!  Frozen chalk makes a great art, science, and sensory experience all in one.

Ice Chalk on pavement

Ice chalk is very simple to make, you will have to plan ahead to have time to freeze the “chalk” .  I mixed up the sidewalk paint, then I poured it into ice cube trays, and froze it.

Ice Chalk Trays

To Make Ice Chalk

1 cup Corn Starch
1 cup Water
Food Coloring
ice cube tray , Popsicle molds, or shaped ice molds

Mix the corn starch and the water together then pour into the ice trays.  I added 4 drops of the food coloring (I used neon colors for more vibrant chalk) to each individual cube, but you could mix the coloring with the corn starch and water and then pour it into the trays. The recipe made enough to fill one ice cube tray. Place the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours.  Instead of food coloring  you can also use washable paint, Liquid Watercolors  or kool aid.

Ice Chalk Empty Trays

You can turn this into a fantastic learning activity for your kids too as you talk about what makes the ice freeze and what makes it melt.  How you get the colors and how the colors stay on the pavement.  You could show them how mixing different colors together to make new colors as you melt two together.  So many learning and artistic opportunities from time spent playing on the pavement!

Ice Chalk Person

The colors become more vibrant as the chalk dries. At first it might look like wet cement or asphalt.

Ice Chalk person finished

This is such a fun summer activity that is perfect for kids of all ages.  It is easy to make and is a fun activity for the kids.  It cleans up nicely and washes right off the pavement (at least it did for me).  Plus, it was something new for the kids to do on a long hot summer day. I hope you enjoy it!

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