Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

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This sidewalk paint recipe has come in handy a number of times. Its great for the kids to paint with, but its also easy for me to use when I’m setting up an activity and need something more prominent than just sidewalk chalk.

I made a variation of this sidewalk paint recipe without the fizzy part to do big maze with Henry outside.

With the fizzy part is where all the fun is for the kids though. You can find the fizzing sidewalk paint recipe recipe on Kids Activities Blog.

I made three colors of the paint recipe and added painting tools (a basting brush, sponges, as well as a ‘spice’ container).

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

Using his green ‘paintbrush’ (the basting brush), Henry started to paint the driveway.

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

At first, he let the paint drip and run off the paintbrush. (He liked to fill the holes in the driveway.)

After it thickened up, he had to paint with it as an actual paintbrush. It thickens up quite a bit, so make it thin to begin with and you may need to add water to it as you go.

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

I drew outlines of shapes for Henry to color in with paint.

Henry already knows his shapes pretty well, but this is still great practice! (For us, it was more to learn to color within the lines.)

I also filled a a spice container (ours was actually a sprinkles container from the bakery, you could also just punch holes in the lid of any jar you have) with red paint. Henry shook the paint out.

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe
(Red probably wasn’t the best color to choose for the shaker, it looked like a bloody mess!)

The paint lightened as it dried and made it really stand out against the blacktop. (Better than it would on a sidewalk, I think.)

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

After we painted with our entire batch of homemade sidewalk paint, then the fizzy fun began. We filled a squirt bottle with vinegar and sprayed the drawings we made!

(Fizzy fun is always fun! Just plain baking soda and vinegar is a good time!)

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

Its a fizzy good time!


Henry spelled his name as he sprayed it with vinegar.

Getting there….


The squirt bottle was a huge hit.

Henry continued to play with it long after he was done with the paintings. He even cleaned his big backhoe with it. (Vinegar still in it.)

Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

I find its almost as easy to just make your own craft recipes most of the time. Especially when you’re in a pinch. But I did just find that you can buy sidewalk paint (affiliate link) too! Crayola makes it, of course. Though, without the fizz, I bet some baking soda could be added to it to get the same effect!
Click the image below for our sidewalk paint recipe without the fizz.

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  1. says

    My boys absolutely LOVE playing with vinegar and baking soda. I haven’t seen this recipe for sidewalk chalk, using baking soda, before, so we’re are definitely going to give it a go. Can’t wait. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. becca says

    that sounds like fun! but just as a caution– be sure to keep the vinegar off your lawn and plants…this project would be great to use as adding fun to natural weed control on a patio!

    i’ve use the cornstarch, food coloring, and water recipe. anyone whose tried both of these…does the baking soda aid in the mixture staying together? i hate how the cornstarch settles….

  3. anonymous says

    That is my concern too. Cornstarch settles and then is like sticky glue that you have to stir vigorously to get it to become soupy again. I hate that too. So why cornstarch? is there an alternative?

  4. Fuquan says

    This seems like a cool project, though teaching children to color within the lines isn’t a great lesson. It would be better to just let him color, that way he learns to express creativity rather than how to fit in the tiny box of expression men are allowed.

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