Stir Up Some Sidewalk Chalk
It's easy to make your own sidewalk chalk in a rainbow of colors.

Ages: 3-10

Time Required: Less than 1 hour to make; overnight to dry.

You'll need:

Several empty toilet paper rolls

Aluminum foil

Plaster of Paris mix

Dry tempera paint

A small disposable container that will hold about a pint (such as an empty plastic margarine tub)

SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Making the Chalk

1. First, take several empty toilet paper rolls and tightly cover one end of each roll with aluminum foil.

2. In a small disposable container (such as an empty tub of margarine) mix one cup Plaster of Paris with one cup of water and several spoonfuls of dry tempera paint.

3. Carefully pour the mixture into the open end of the toilet paper roll. Let the mixture sit undisturbed overnight.

4. When the mixture is completely dry, peel off the cardboard and use as sidewalk chalk.

TIP: Save clean up time (as well as eliminating the risk of a clogged drain) by just throwing away the container used to mix the chalk.

The nice chunky chalk is great for even little kids just learning to scribble and draw.
Older kids can tell their stories with a summer-long sidewalk mural.

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