May 1, 2009, Newsletter Issue #277: Sidewalk Chalk

Tip of the Week

Sidewalk chalk recipe:

• 1 cup of Plaster of Paris (do not pack)
• Almost 1/2 cup water
• Liquid or powdered tempera paint
• Margarine tubs or other disposable mixing containers
• Disposable molds
• Squirt of dishwashing liquid (makes for easier clean-up)

1. Pour Plaster of Paris into a container. Using disposable stick, stir in most of the water.
2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of liquid tempera, mixing well, especially at the bottom.
3. Add a little more water so that the mixture thickens, stir well, and pour into molds Ideas for molds: Styrofoam egg cartons, plastic trays from manicotti noodles, paper cups, toilet paper tubes with foil bottoms.
4. Remove the molds after chalk is completely dry.

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