That name may change, but for the meantime, I am calling this new series of posts “Pinterest Tuesday”. My boys always love the days where we create new fun things. I’ve been pulling ideas from Pinterest for as long as I have been a mom (is there anyone who doesn’t use Pinterest?). Usually they all work out well, or I can at least salvage it and make it work out in the end. Rarely have we had any fails.
Often times I find myself avoiding these fun experiments because of the prep time and the MESS. And I just want to kick myself because these are fun memories my boys are creating. They LOVE this stuff. So I am forcing myself to step out of my cleanish comfort zone. We are going to attempt (at least) one Pinterest activity every week.
This week I knew I wanted to do something fun that the boys could help me prepare, but preferably something outdoors. I need to slowly ease into the mess thing, right? I decided on liquid chalk, because it hadn’t rained in forever, and the old chalk on our driveway, from a month and a half ago, was fading out. A few pins mentioned using vinegar to make everything fizzy, so that’s what we went with. Tanner is in a big chemistry phase at the moment, and this is right up his alley.
Some pins used squirt bottles, others used balloons. I went the muffin tin and paint brush route, for Wesley mostly, since he enjoys painting. I’ll most likely invest in squirt bottles for future activities.
The recipe I settled on was simple. Equal parts baking soda, corn starch, and water. I used 1/3 cup of each ingredient, for each boy. It seemed a little thin to me so I added more baking soda. But I wouldn’t do that again. I ended up having to stir it a lot to get every thing to mix, and if anyone has played with ooblek, or other non-newtonian liquids, it’s hard work stirring that. It would have been fine sticking with the original recipe. Once it was all mixed, I poured the liquid into the muffin tin and let my boys choose which colors they wanted to use. We used what I had on hand, which was food coloring. But I have ordered washable liquid watercolors to use next time, so I won’t have to worry about it staining clothing.
The boys went to town painting the driveway. I was actually surprised how vivid some of the colors were! I’m not sure if that’s due to the gel food coloring we used or the powders in the recipe. Once the chalk was dry, I gave the boys little cups of vinegar and an eyedropper. They loved how the chalk fizzed when the vinegar touched it. It took Wesley a little longer to grasp that concept, he preferred just pouring the vinegar out all at once.
The driveway was so colorful. The boys were so proud of their creations. And because it just makes since, the sky opened up and we had a downpour rain storm, literally within minutes of finishing. So everything, including the chalk from last month, disappeared. But the boys enjoyed playing in the rain, and it made clean up that much easier.
So I’d say our first week of Pinterest Tuesday was a success! Making this fizzy liquid chalk was fun for all of us!