Frozen Popsicle Chalk


The other day I was pulling out the ice cube trays to make another batch of our ice chalk when I saw the popsicle molds and decided to try those instead.


This time I used half cornstarch, half water, and washable tempura paint instead of food coloring.

I also ran out of cornstarch halfway through so I substituted flour. It expanded more while it was freezing, so it was harder to get out of the molds but otherwise worked fine.


The washable paint stained their hands much less than the food coloring, so I think this is the way to go. Sara from The Hickman Five also had the genius suggestion of putting a few drops of dishsoap in the mixture when using food coloring which makes it easier to clean. Definitely trying that next time. (Thanks, Sara!)


The nice thing about having them on a stick was that it was easier to draw.

Drew's house

The kids were a little let down that they couldn't eat them. They do look delicious.


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22 comments:

  1. We have three colors in the freezer tonight and warm sunny weather forecast for the holiday weekend. Thanks for this idea. My son is really looking forward to it.

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    1. Hope you both have as much fun with it as we did!

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  2. I absolutely love this idea. I have pinned it and shared it with my Facebook followers.

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  3. Love this! Sharing with all my SLP (speech therapist) followers on fb! Great summer idea, great way to practice speech sounds, colors, and direction following (while making chalk) :)

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  4. What a creative idea! I love it. Pinning for my toddler sometime this summer.

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  5. Can't wait to make these for my kids this week. They're going to love them! Thank you for sharing! :-)

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  6. This is an awesome idea! I was wondering about whether they'd want to eat them, because they do look delicious- but I think it's probably worth making them, anyway. Very cool.

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  7. So cool! I love how fun & vibrant the colors are and the popsicle stick makes it so easy to hold and create. Genius...pinned!

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  8. what a really cool idea! now i have to buy popsicle molds LOL hope you come by and share this on our #kidsinthekitchen linky http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/05/kids-chore-chart-kidsinthekitchen-printable.html

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  9. These are great! Can't wait till the warmer months kick back in in the southern hemisphere to try them out. Thanks

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  10. You have so many fab ideas, and this just might be my favorite! We tried this yesterday and had SO much fun. I think I might have had even more fun than my boys. ;) I included this post in my summer bucket list. Really great idea for summer play!

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  11. Does the chalk melt? Some of your photos of the chalk on the sidewalk look melted. Let me know - thanks!

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  12. Lorie K, is there a specific recipe one must follow to make these popsicle's? I do not see a recipe anywhere!

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    1. It's right after the second picture: half corn starch, half water, and washable tempura paint or food coloring.

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    2. I did read that, i just thought you were maybe talking about a previous recipe. lol So half of the popsicle container of corn starch and the other half of water? Paint, as much as can fit at the top?

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    3. I mixed it together first and then filled the molds. So something like a cup of cornstarch, a cup of water, and enough paint to get it the color you want, although I'd err on the side of making it darker because it will dry lighter.

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    4. I'm sorry you would what to make it darker, I don't understand?

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    5. The paint doesn't look as vibrant once it's on the pavement so you're better off with more paint versus less paint.

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  14. Beware of using "washable" tempera paint outside. I'm a K teacher and I recently made "ice cubes" for my kids with tempera paint and water. The tempera paint stained the sidewalk at our school and I had to scrub it off with industrial strength cleanser. The paint is still there, but it is faded. I was VERY excited to see your suggestion to freeze chalk! Too bad I didn't see it a week ago! Food coloring will wear off hand much easier than scrubbing paint off the sidewalk!

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