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How to Paint with Chalk Paint for Kids

by Rachel Withers
May 29, 2023
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Fun ideas for how to paint with chalk paint. Try this outdoor art activity for kids with our easy recipe!

Updated May 2023

Chalk painting is a fun outdoor art activity that my family returns to every spring & summer. We emerge from the long winter in Maine and it feels SO good to get back outside.

I can let go of the mess better outdoors and the kids, they can just have fun. And the major advantage is that similar to drawing with chalk, this DIY paint washes away with water.

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Photo by Rachel Withers

There’s no right way to do chalk painting and it’s a fun material to experiment with. I like it because it’s cheap, quick to mix up and the kids can have (almost) total freedom of where to use it.

If you’re looking for how to make chalk paint, try this easy recipe to get started.

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Photo by Rachel Withers

Chalk Painting

Paint rainbows, explore a nature theme, or use the opportunity to draw big outdoors! Chalk painting is a great chance to explore new “canvases” which are all around us.

A few ideas to get you started:

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Photo by Rachel Withers

What to paint

Your kids may need no inspiration or direction to started. And if that’s the case, go with it! Chalk painting is a wonderful opportunity to be free and explore an art material.

But if you’re looking for some ideas, here’s a place to begin:

  • rainbows
  • sun / nature themes
  • create an underwater world
  • write with paint
  • paint patterns
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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Where to paint

  • outdoor chalk board
  • patio
  • rocks
  • brick sidewalk
  • driveway
  • stones edging the garden
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Photo by Rachel Withers

At the end of our painting session, it’s fun to use up the rest of the paint with splatter painting. With just a slight flick of the wrist, paint really flies. 😇

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Photo by Rachel Withers

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