Crafts for Kids: Homemade Sidewalk Paint, Sponge Balls, and some Frozen Treasures!

We had such a fun time at today's Make & Take for parents and just had to share these quick and easy crafts! Send us a photo of you and your kid making and playing.


Homemade Sidewalk Paint

What you need:

  • Small container

  • Small whisk

  • Cornstarch

  • Food colouring


How to make it:

  1. Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp of cornstarch to a container.

  2. Add a bit less than 1/4 cup of cold water to the container a little at a time and whisk until the cornstarch has completely dissolved. Note: you want your paint to be thick enough that it drizzles from the whisk.

  3. Add food colouring, and stir well.

Fun Tip: You can also freeze this sidewalk paint like a popsicle to make a hard drawing tool more like sidewalk chalk.



Sponge Ball

What you need:

  • Scissors

  • Two sponges

  • String


How to make it:

  1. Cut two sponge into three pieces length-wise.

  2. Take the six lengths of sponge and stack them two high and three across.

  3. Place a piece of string under the sponges along the centre. Wrap the string around the sponges and pull tight.

  4. Tie the string in a double knot and trip the string that's left hanging. Fluff out the pieces of sponge to form a ball.

Fun Tip: These make great soft toys for a water fight or something to play with in the bath tub!


Frozen Treasures

What you need:

  • Small toys (dinosaurs, animals, rings, party favors, etc.)

  • Ice cube tray

  • Plastic bin

How to make it:


  1. Add a toy to the ice cube tray (one per cube). Its ok if bits of the toy stick out!

  2. Add water to the ice cube tray.

  3. Place in freezer for a few hours.

  4. Empty the ice cubes into the plastic bin for your child to play with as they melt. See how your children explore them!

Fun Tip: Try different containers with different sized toys!


We hope you have fun making these quick and easy crafts! If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Natasha Horne at nhorne@thenorthgrove.ca