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Homemade pavement chalk paint

We had a request this week for a pavement chalk recipe as lots of children have been chalking designs on the pavements outside their house. This recipe will make a chalky textured paint that you can paint onto the pavement or a driveway and will wash away in the rain or with a hose when you are ready.

You need:

  • cornflour
  • food colours or watercolour paints


Mix together the flour and the water. It’s quite tricky to stir at first due to the funny texture of the cornflour but if you keep mixing it will eventually get nice and creamy (I made it a bit too runny this time as you can see from the pictures). Then divide it between paint tubs or jars and add a drop of food colour or a squirt of watercolour paint to each one and stir in.  Now pick a dry day and let your wee ones try them outside. If there is a gap between making the paints and using them give them a good stir first as they tend to settle. We don’t have any pavement or drive so this week our neighbours kindly agreed to test run the paints for us.


Art at the Start on BBC Scotland

The Art at the Start team had a visit from BBC Scotland’s The Nine team.

Reporter Louise Cowie joined us for a messy creative session at DCA last week and then visited the Minime lab with her own mini me. The program aired on BBC Scotland last night. Catch it on I-Player here


All the little ones had fun with sensory play trying rainbow rice, a dinosaur swamp of jelly and peas and some cornflake farm land. Then we tried some messy painting with shaving foam marbling and bubble printing.


We had a great time and the little ones have all enjoyed seeing themselves on the TV today!

Art therapy groups this term

We are running art therapy groups for parents and their infants at DCA and at the Dundee International Women’s Centre this term. All the parents and their little ones got stuck in with painting on their first week. Here are some of their beautiful painty creations. They all definitely needed the bath afterwards, with as much paint on little people as on the paper!

If you are interested in art therapy groups yourself and have a child under 3 then please do get in touch with the art therapist for more information.