At Home With Books: Sidewalk Day

Posted on: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7:00:00 am

clientuploads/blog/kids/calendar/Sidewalk Ends.jpgIt’s “Sidewalk Day” and the first At Home with Books Calendar blog entry! The calendar suggests celebrating by making some funky sidewalk chalk art and reading some poems from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. Your sidewalk masterpiece will be made even more fantastic if you made the sidewalk chalk at home, using our recipe below.

Sidewalk Chalk

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups plaster of Paris
  • 2 tablespoons tempera paint (wet or dry)

You'll also need:

  • Empty toilet paper tubes with one end covered with foil

Combine all of the ingredients and stir together; let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil and place the toilet paper tubes on the cookie sheet, foil-wrapped side down. Pour the mixture into the tubes and let it stand until somewhat firm. Peel the tubes off and let the chalk dry completely for about 2 hours. LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKE: Do NOT rinse the plaster of Paris down the sink.

Be sure to check out Where the Sidewalk Ends in our online catalog!

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