Recipe for making chalky paint for sensory play
- 1/4 cup cornflour (or corn starch)
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 drops of food colouring
What does it feel like?
Chalky paint that uses cornflour (cornstarch) makes the liquid thick when it experiences any friction. So if you were to run your finger through the liquid it would feel thick and hard to move, however, if you added your finger to the liquid slowly it would just feel like water.
This makes it a great science activity for children.
Possum wasn’t that excited about the idea of using her feel and so she chose to play with the chalky paint using her hands. Wonderful!
Important things to note
The chalky paint leaves behind markings like chalk once it has dried. From our experience, it was still slightly visible after about a week but I’m sure a pressure washer would remove any traces very quickly. I also recommend not using too much food colouring as it will stain hands if too much is used. 🙂
The few drops of food colouring that I did add to the recipe looked sensational as it was a great to see the colours as they swirled and combined together in certain areas.
Would you like to play with chalk in liquid form?
Here are some other great chalk ideas found on Laughing Kids Learn
Lucinda @ NavigatingByJoy.com says
We love playing with cornflour and water – I don’t think we ever grow out of it, do we? Your colours are beautiful. The picture of your little one about to dip her feet in is so cute! What a delicious sensory experience you gave her 🙂
Kate Lloyd says
Thank you Lucinda. I adore that photograph of little Possum’s toes about to go into the chalky paint. So lovely. I appreciate your comment.
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
What a fun idea, I love that you made it an activity for the whole family 🙂
Danya atDanyaBanya says
Oh JJ is really into feet sensory stuff, so this would be perfect for her (and for Bee too).
That is very neat..love it
I made this recipe and froze it in a popsicle mold. the kids enjoyed it and i didnt have to worry about the inevitable taste test because it was cornstartch and water. 🙂
Oooooo MJ I love the idea of freezing the mixture. I’ll have to give that a go. Thanks.