I was trying to find pavement chalk during that lockdown but it looks like I wasn’t the only one. Everyone wants to have fun in their gardens. Every single time when I was doing my online shopping and I was happy to add chalk after I went to check out it wasn’t available anymore. So, I decided to do something about it. Especially that my son wanted to make some drawings outside the house.
I was really surprised that I can do so many things with the products from my kitchen. During quarantine we did so many experiments, activities like the one with paper mache, learnt new things. And I can’t wait to share it with you. One of the key ingredients is cornflour! Even using only flour and water you can have so much fun. We also used it in our chalk. I found a few recipes on the Internet, I add something from myself, also we have one small fail but we did it.
So what you need to make your very own chalk?
- muffin tray
- ball for mixing all ingredients
- food colouring (as many colours you want)
- a cup of cornflour and a cup of water
How to make homemade chalk?
You just need to mix flour and water and stir till you will get a smooth consistency. And put the same amount of it in muffin cups. We did four and we used our food colouring as a last. Simply add 2-3 drops of food colouring of your choice into each cup and stir till you get the desired colour.
Obviously, if you don’t have a muffin tray it is not a problem at all. You can use any silicone mould and it will be even better for kids when they will have different shapes of chalks. So according to one of the recipes which I found you should let it dry and harden. And here is a point where we hit our little fail because after the whole night it was still soft in the morning. So I wanted to put everything to the bin but an idea sparked in my head. I decided to put it in the freezer. And it was a really good one. After an hour it was already hard but we’ve waited a little bit longer and we were able to take out our beautiful homemade chalk.
How our chalk went?
I need to be honest, I think it’s much better than the chalk which you can buy in a shop. The colour is better and it’s not so dusty. Plus when the kid will put it into his mouth it will be not the end of the world because it’s only water, cornflour, and a food colouring. And there is another advantage the chalk is biodegradable!
Obviously, if I would know that I will need to put it into the freezer I would stick a lolly sticks in it and I advise you to do that because chalk can melt a little bit, especially on the beginning. We store it in a little box in our freezer and whenever we want to use it we take it out and put back after we finish. After a few days of using it, I forgot to put it back to the freezer and it was still usable.
I found a resource where you can find other ways of making homemade chalk.
That was our first time with homemade chalk and we had a lot of fun so we will try more and I’m sure we will make that recipe even better. If you know some other recipes please do not hesitate to share them in our comment section. I’m looking forward to seeing your ideas.