Sidewalk Paint Fun

June 20, 2012 in activities,Nancy Rue

I joined the Pinterest Bandwagon a few months ago. Because decorating and organizing my house is stressful and since I don’t like cooking, it isn’t addicting to me. I find it to be a great organizing tool. I used to clip magazine articles about crafts to do with the kids or recipes I wanted to make. They cluttered my piles until the mess frustrated me enough to throw them away, undone.  But with Pinterest? I can pin pictures, find the original idea and not add to my already teetering piles of so-called organization. 

Since I joined, I have been pinning activities to do with the girls during the summer, especially the Girls Club

This summer  Girls Club girls and I are going through Nancy Rue’s The Buddy Book. We are learning about how God created us to be in relationships of many kinds, how God is the ultimate counsellor, and that relationships can be tough. The book has fun quizzes. Today we covered relationships in general but each week we will cover a different chapter/relationship: parents, siblings, friends, boys, God, ourselves. Each week I feel tired and a bit lethargic about Girls Club but each week, when it is over I am energized and thrilled like God has filled my cup with blessings in allowing me to know these sweet girls and to influence their faith. 

But we can’t just do study time together. Fun is mandatory. So this week we made sidewalk paint. The recipe, found on Pinterest and originally from the blog Hammer and Thread, was super simple.

I purchased 8 disposable mini containers from the dollar store (in packages of four) so we would have paint containers with lids. The girls loved being color scientists.  When the paint initially goes on the sidewalk it can be a bit dull, but when it is dry, the colors are bright and much prettier than chalk. And when we started to sweat, we painted the neighbor’s garage (with permission) because it fences in our backyard is ugly and peeling, and my neighbor knows he should paint it but never does so we decided to make it look nicer. That’s when the girls decided splatter painting might be fun because the paint is really runny and was difficult to paint with on a vertical surface. Craziness followed. 

We will do this activity again. It was fun, cheap and easy. What more could you ask for?

Posting with others who practice creativity at Studio JRU. Check out their projects here. 
andon 7/28/12 I shared this post here:

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Tiffany June 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Looks like so much fun! We will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.


Paloma June 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Great activity! 🙂 And it motivates and encourages kids to be creative! So nice!


Pieces of Sunshine June 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

It does look like fun and I guess it washes off easily. Does the colouring stain hands or clothes?


Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) June 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I saw the same pin and we tried it out, too! I did this with toddlers and preschoolers. They loved it and it worked great (except that I used regular plastic cups and they tipped over and spilled a few times). You have some budding artists there! 🙂


Alissa June 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

looks like so much fun! isn’t amazing when we are tired…how He fills us to overflowing! coming over from studio jru.


julie+ June 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

love this!


Jennifer @ Studio JRU June 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Now that looks like so much fun! I love how vibrant the colors look when they dry. A neat way to brighten up the backyard view too! Thanks so much for sharing with us ‘in the studio’! 🙂 (I sent you an email, let me know if you didn’t get one. It kept getting sent back to me for some reason.)


Laura Wells June 25, 2012 at 2:43 am

One of the girls did spill on her shirt and those colors won’t come out easily. It’s rained about .3 of an inch since we painted the building and sidewalk and the drawings are less vivid, but still there.


Julia July 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm

This looks like a blast! Love how easy the recipe is—-and can be made from things around the house.


Just Another Mom of Twins July 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Great idea!!! You’d think the food coloring would stain but I guess not…creative!!

Happy Weekend!


Sandy December 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

This is one of our favorite things to do in the summer! So much fun! 🙂


pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Sandy, sidewalk paint was so fun. I had never done it before. And the hair ties? Despite the organizer which works well, I am still amazed at how many hair ties simply disappear. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I really appreciate it.


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