Spend the morning creating your own chalk in time for the weekend. The beauty of making your own over buying chalk at the shop, is that you can make in a variety of shapes and sizes using various silicone molds. It’s also a fun science experiment and a great way for your kids to enjoy the weekend by creating their own footpath masterpieces. When their artwork has washed away – at least you’ll always have chalk!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of plaster of Paris
- 1 cup of water
- Powdered tempera paint (one or two teaspoons for each colour you want to make)
- Mold for chalk (silicone cupcake/icebube trays, or loo paper rolls standing up in a small tray all result in good sized chalk for little hands)
- Mixing bowl/s and spoons (ones you don’t mind getting covered in chalk making ingredients)
Here’s how you go about it:
Step 1: In a large bowl, mix the water and plaster of Paris together.
Step 2: Mix in the powdered tempera paint and stir with a spoon, either to the whole mixture, or split the mixture up to make multiple colours (one or two teaspoons for each chalk colour).
Step 3: Once the paint has been mixed in well, pour the mixture into your mold/s and leave it to dry overnight. Remember, the bigger the mold, the longer it will take to dry.
Step 4: Once the mold is dry, remove the chalk from the mold, or peel the loo paper roll off. If the chalk is still moist, let it air dry overnight again.
You’re ready to make your chalk creations!