29th June 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: DIY Chalk Paint

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

Playing with colour is always a good activity for children as it stimulates their senses and allows them to hone some motor skills and creative thinking. Making your own chalk paint is a simple activity and one that only requires 3 ingredients. Chalk paint can be used in the garden during summer and will naturally wash away with water. This easy activity can be quite messy, so we would recommend doing it outside.

Safety First!

Make sure children don’t put baking powder in their mouths.

DIY Chalk Paint

What you’ll need:

  • Cups or containers 
  • Baking Powder
  • Water 
  • Food Colouring 
  • Paintbrushes


  1. Add some food colouring into separate cups. 
  2. Pour in approximately 2 tbsp water into each cup. 
  3. Add 1 tbsp baking powder to each cup to start. 
  4. Mix together to form a thick paint. Be aware that it will fizz slightly. 
  5. If you need to thicken or thin the paint, adjust water and baking powder accordingly. 
  6. Provide children with paintbrushes and head outside to draw patterns on the ground!
  7. When done, wash away with water or allow the rain to wash it away. 

Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other garden themed activities? We have a FREE Gardening Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development.

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