Chalk Ice

For a fun twist on traditional sidewalk chalk, try this chalk ice recipe. Kids will love creating art on the sidewalk with these. Ice painting is a great process art activity since kids can see the colors melting together.


  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Mini Popsicle Sticks
  • Cheese Grater
  • Freezer


  • 1 piece sidewalk chalk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp water


1- Start by grating a sidewalk chalk piece into a measuring cup that pours. Use a small grater if you can so that you can grate directly into the cup. If you don’t have a small grater, then grate into a larger bowl and then transfer to a pouring cup. We used about half a sidewalk chalk piece per color.

2- Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the measuring cup.

3- Add 4 tablespoons of water. 

4- Mix with a whisk.

5- Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray or small plastic container.

6- Repeat for each color you’d like to make. Double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch. This recipe will fill 2-3 ice cubes.

7- Add mini popsicle sticks into the ice cube trays. You can lean them to one side to keep them standing up.

Clean-up Tips

Clean-up time! When you are finished, simply spray it down with a garden hose on the highest pressure setting. We recommend you spray while the paint is still wet and do not let it dry in the sun. If this happens, get a brush broom to help scrub some of the paint off while spraying with water.

If you are still having difficulty cleaning up, wet the paint and wait 5 minutes. Then spray the area with the highest pressure setting on your nozzle and as close to the paint as possible on a slight angle.

TIP: Before painting with your ice chalk, wet the sidewalk first with a hose. This will allow the paint to glide better on the sidewalk and makes clean-up a little easier.