Today’s Inspired Action: Make your own sidewalk chalk.
This is super fun, but you do need to be cautious while using plaster of paris. It is exothermic when setting up… so make sure it gets mixed by an adult.
All the supplies you need can be found at your craft or art supply store, and some from around the house. My favorite molds are these simple stick-ice cube trays… however you can make your own molds.
- Mixing Bowl
- Plaster of Paris
- Powder Tempera Paint, like this
To make your own chalk molds… slice open discarded cardboard toilet paper rolls and make the roll thinner [the size of a good stick of sidewalk chalk.] Use tape to adhere the sliced edges together and tape the bottom. You can cut away the cardboard from the chalk when it is completely set up.
Always follow directions for the plaster of paris… & add the powder tempera paint to get the color consistency you desire. The more Tempera Powder you use, the more brightly colored your chalk will be. Colors vary depending on their shade. There is no exact science, so long as you follow the plaster of paris instructions for set up. Experiment with color and above all else, have fun!