As soon as I saw this exploding art from Housing a Forest I knew we had to try it. I mean really, what could be more fun than exploding paint? We finally got around to giving this activity a try the other day, only we did it a touch different.
Exploding Chalk Rockets
Sidewalk chalk is the perfect way to create art in the warmer months. We have had a blast creating all different play times using a variety of chalk recipes this Summer. These exploding chalk rockets were so fun we have already done this activity THREE times since the other day.
Chalk Rocket Materials (affiliate links provided)
- Corn starch
- Liquid watercolors or food coloring
- Film canisters (we ordered the ones made for kids to use in Science activities- 12 for only $6)
- Alka-seltzer ( we used the off brand tablets they sell at Dollar Tree and they worked great!)
You want to begin by filling each film canister 1/3 of the way with liquid sidewalk chalk. We mixed our chalk right in the canister. This worked great and allowed us to create a variety of colors.
If you are unfamiliar with how to make liquid sidewalk chalk it is basically just a mixture of corn starch, water, and liquid water colors. You can also use food coloring. Exact measurements are not needed. We basically just filled each canister 1/4 of the way with corn starch and then added enough water to make a liquid chalk. ( More detailed instructions for making liquid chalk can be found here)
Once your chalk colors are mixed you want to set one rocket off at a time. Take one alka-seltzer tablet and break it into 3-4 pieces. Drop the pieces into the canister, and then quickly pop the top on and flip the canister over. Then stand back
The film canister will fly through the air like a rocket, leaving beautiful chalk art behind
The canister itself flies through the air while the lid stays on the ground. The chalk inside splatters and flies to create neat art effects
Notice the pink rocket up front taking off
Lots of beautiful art splatters after setting off multiple rockets
Rosie had so much fun and wanted to let off rocket after rocket
She has since asked to do this activity again and again, a sure sign of a winning play time!
Sidewalk Chalk Rockets
Super fun for Kids
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