We love powdered paint and use it all the time in arts, crafts, play recipes, and sensory play. We used to buy store bought powdered tempera, but we have recently started making homemade powdered paint, and it makes a great substitute. It is so easy to make, very inexpensive, and there are TONS of ways to use it in PLAY.
Make Your Own Powdered Paint
Homemade Powdered Paint Recipe- What you Need
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- Sidewalk Chalk (they have large boxes at Walmart and The Dollar Tree for only $1)
- Zip seal bags
- A hammer, mallet, or similar
All you have to do to make an amazing powdered paint is place sidewalk chalk in zip seal bags, one color per bag
Crush the chalk using a hammer or similar until you have a fine powder- my girls love helping with this part
The zip seal bags might get punctured from the hammering process, so we always store our crushed chalk powder in small containers
The powdered paint colors produced from the chalk are so vibrant
Just once piece of standard chalk produces a lot of powder, making this quite a frugal way to make powdered paint.
There are endless ways to use this homemade powdered paint in PLAY,too. Here are some of the ways we have used it:
- Make Erupting Art
- Simply add water to make a great liquid paint
- Make amazing sidewalk smoke bombs
- Use it to color cloud dough
- Make fanciful puddles
- Make MAGIC puddles
- Make MAGIC Mud
We have lots more ideas on the way! I will add more ways to play with this homemade powdered paint as we share them.
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