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Chalk Your Walk

Chalk your walk

Ages 8+

Sidewalk Chalk Art is a creative and fun form of public art that can help you connect with the people in your community. Chalk art is a popular way to send uplifting messages to others as they walk by your home, create fun images for interactive play, or simply communicate how you are feeling. It’s also a great way to engage your neighbors in a collaborative art project!

Chalk Your Walk Activity Sheet (PDF version)

Your Creative Challenge:
What kind of sidewalk chalk message or image can you design and create? Look at the examples and use the sidewalk template to sketch out your design. Then grab your chalk and spray bottle (filled with water). You’re ready—go outside, find some space on a sidewalk and let your creativity run wild!



  • Chalk (learn how to make your own chalk paint below!)
  • Spray bottle filled with water to make your colors pop! (optional)

DIY Chalk Paint


  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Paint brushes
  • Small plastic bowls or a muffin tin


  1. Mix together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of cornstarch until the mixture is smooth with no lumps.
  2. Divide the mixture into 6 small bowls or the cups of a muffin tin.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring into each bowl/cup and stir until blended.
  4. Grab a paint brush and start creating! (Don’t’ worry if the colors appear a bit watery at first. As it dries, the colors will become more vibrant!)

* This recipe is from https://www.makeandtakes.com/sidewalk-chalk-paint

This activity supports the practice of these STEAM Habits of Mind: Develop craft, engage & persist, observe, reflect, stretch & explore.

Tips for Supporting Your Children's Learning

Get your child actively involved in their own learning and have their questions drive their learning. Let them observe and figure it out, and try to hold back from answering questions for them. Instead, try to ask: What do we know? What else can we find out? How might we figure that out? Don't be afraid to ask your child questions. Also, don't be afraid to say, "I don't know--let's find out together!" as a way to respond to their questions.

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