Outdoor Play date: Edible Finger Paint and Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

This morning our preschooler nearly became consumed by the anticipation of having his bestest friend from preschool come over with her siblings for a play date. He sat in the rocking chair located directly in front of our living room window and began rigorously rocking a half hour before his friend was due to arrive, he was officially on the lookout.   Every once in a while he would stop rocking, sit up, and gaze out the window at the site of a vehicle approaching our home.  Then he would let out a sigh of disgust upon realizing it wasn’t them. Then finally…right on time…they showed up! It took all he had in him not to run out to their van and physically bring them into our home. He was beaming with excitement!


Let the Playdate begin….

We started off with Edible Finger Paint….

Edible Paint Recipe


1/2 cup cornstarch

 2 3/4 cup cold water

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin (I used Knox)

 1/4 cup cold water


Mix together cornstarch and water in a saucepan until there’s no lumps.

Mix together gelatin and water and set aside.

Cook cornstarch mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it boils. It’ll become thick as you’re stirring.

Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture.

Cool and pour into smaller containers. Add food coloring for desired colors.




Then we moved on to Fizzy Sidewalk Paint…..

Roughly measure the following [for each color]:


1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 box baking soda

A squeeze of washable paint

A couple tablespoons of water


Stir together and add water until its a little soupier than you’d prefer, the mixture thickens up as you’re working with it. [You can always add more water to it if it gets too thick.]

Source: http://handsonaswegrow.com/2011/06/outdoor-play-homemade-sidewalk-paint.html


After all their artistic endeavors they had worked up an appetite.  Our little preschooler decided the menu for lunch, which included….Annie’s Mac & Cheese, Tulip shaped PB & Js, a variety of yogurts, and for dessert…DIRT!

We all had such a wonderful time!! In fact, our kiddos had a tough time saying goodbye…especially to one little man….


Once our friends left it was nap time/ quiet time…though, the kids would say nap time is for the birds…..there are three baby birds in the nest but only this one popped up to say hello.


I am looking for more fun outdoor crafts, activities, and games to do outdoors! Bring on the summer…bring on the fun! Anyone have a good playdough recipe? Please share your crafts, homemade recipes, outdoor activities, etc.

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5 Comments on “Outdoor Play date: Edible Finger Paint and Fizzy Sidewalk Paint”

  1. Mary
    June 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Looks like you throw a great playgroup gathering! I miss my playgroup days… sigh.. I do have a great playdoh recipe that I shall try to remember to forward on to you!

    • June 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      Thank you Mary…we had so much fun! I am trying to soak up all these memories because I know they are fleeting. I would totally appreciate the recipe….when you get a chance, thank you.

  2. Shane Birkey
    June 12, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    Here is a great Play Dough Recipe:
    Kool-Aid Play Dough

    2 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 cup salt
    2 small pkg. of Kool-Aid
    3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
    2 cups boiling water

    Mix flour, salt, and Kool-Aid. Add vegetable oil and boiling water in a large bowl. Knead until a good consistency is attained. Store in an airtight container or in locking plastic bags.

    Sounds like you had a fun day. I look forward to trying these ideas. (BTW, I’m a friend of Julie’s from college.)

    • June 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      Yes!! A play dough recipe, thank you…thank you!! Julie and her kiddos are so much fun!! We can’t wait till our next playdate! You guys had to have had a blast in college together…I am sure there are stories?? Thanks for visiting Mom on the go in Holy Toledo and sharing the play dough recipe…..I am off to get the ingredients.
      Have a great week!


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