I found some awesome chalk paint at Walmart on clearance. It came with paint brushes and foam rollers and Gray LOVED it. I went to go buy more and they were sold out. I decided to make chalk paint with him and it wasn’t as successful.
Activity: Chalk paint
How we picked it: It was on clearance and looked really fun.
Cost: I paid $4.00 for the chalk paint kit. I paid $0.97 for a box of cornstarch. We already had the food coloring.
Age of participants: Gray – 2 years, 6 months
Setup: Chalk paint set – we added water to the paint, mixed it up, and were ready to go. Making our own – we mixed cornstarch and water (I eyeballed it but I would guess it was 2 parts water to 1 part cornstarch) in muffin tins. Then we mixed in gel food coloring.
How long did Gray play with it: Pre-made chalk paint – about an hour. Homemade chalk paint – 3 minutes. It took us 15 minutes to make it and he played with it for 3 :/
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Was it a success? The pre-made was definitely a success. Not only was he able to create, but we worked on labeling shapes and colors, we worked on counting, we worked on a lot of gross motor skills (like jumping). The homemade – not so much. The most successful part of that activity was making it. When we brought the paint outside he asked for the rollers from the pre-made kit. Unfortunately he kind of destroyed those and I threw them away.
What did we struggle with? The Type-A in me struggled with the way Gray haphazardly mixed all of the colors together. He does it with play doh too and it drives me a little crazy. I don’t say anything and remind myself that they are his materials. He didn’t really struggle but I could tell that it irritated him that the homemade paint wasn’t as vibrant as the pre-made kit.
What would I do differently? Buy more paint rollers. He loved them!
Will we do it again? I just ordered some more chalk paint from Amazon Prime and can’t wait to do it again next week. I don’t think I will make chalk paint with him for a few months.