Sidewalk Paint


The other day I was frosting cookies for Josh’s birthday party.

Train cookies.

The poor guy. He loves trains. It was probably torture for him watching all those cookies sit there on the counter, waiting for their frosting to dry.

I told Tim I just needed a few more minutes to finish decorating the cookies and so he agreed to watch Josh outside for me.

As I went about decorating the cookies, Josh came in saying something like “Train. Paint.” and ran back outside.

I laughed to myself, thinking, “oh how cute; he thinks I’m painting trains with the icing.”

After I finished, I went outside to check on the boys and saw Josh holding a paintbrush, dripping with paint, painting, you guessed it, his train.


Josh’s Godmother, Lucy, had given him this train as a first birthday present and I guess we had left a paintbrush to soak in a cup at Josh level, and well, you know the rest.

We stopped Josh and cleaned all the paint off of Thomas. Or at least the best that we could.

Josh wasn’t too happy when we took the paintbrush away from him.

Not at all.

So in the middle of his tantrum, I looked up “how to make sidewalk paint” and in less than a minute, had made some paint.


I found the recipe here at Spoonful.

All you need is:

• 1/4 cup of corn starch;

• 1/4 cup of cold water; and

• food colouring.

Just mix the corn starch and water together, then add the food colouring to get the desired colour.

This all took less than a minute to do, and Josh was very happy when I showed him the paint that he could paint with.


Outside of course.


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