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Summer Themes Continued: Popsicles and DIY Chalk!

Published July 22, 2014 8:47 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
This week's theme is all about a childhood summer favorite: POPSICLES! Some of these popsicles you can eat and some you can't! All of them you can make on your own and today's post will show you how!

DIY Rainbow Popsicle Chalk

This is one of the latest crazes this summer! We actually made popsicle chalk at school this past week and the kids loved it! You only need a few simple ingredients, a popsicle holder and a freezer!

Ingredients Needed:

  • ½ Cornstarch
  • ½ water
  • Washable tempura paint (in fun, bright rainbow colors!)

*Important Notes:

  • Make sure you and your child(ren) are wearing play clothes that can get dirty and possibly stained!
  • No tempura paint in your art closet? Try food coloring; however, you will need to add a teaspoon of dish soap to the mixture as well to reduce staining.
  • Flour CAN be a substitute or addition to the cornstarch; however, some people have reported that it causes the chalk to stick to the containers
  • Many recipes similar to this have been posted online. Today's post is a collection of all the most important information you need to know to make this recipe work!

Recipe Steps:

  1. Measure and pour in both the cornstarch and water and mix together.
  2. Separate out enough mixture to fill each popsicle holder individually.
  3. Add in a tablespoon of tempura paint to each separate dose of mixture to create the individual colors (you can add more to brighten your colored mixture).
  4. Once the color is mixed to your liking, pour into the popsicle holder.
  5. Place in the freezer and let set for at least 6-12 hours (ideally the next day).
  6. Remove from the freezer and enjoy decorating your sidewalks with bright and beautiful designs with your homemade chalk!

DIY Rainbow Fruit Popsicles

Ingredients Needed:

Suggestions for fruits in rainbow colors:

  • Red: strawberries, raspberries, watermelon
  • Orange: oranges and mangos
  • Yellow: pineapple, lemon and banana
  • Green: granny smith apples, kiwi, lime, pear
  • Blue: blueberries
  • Purple/Violet: dark grapes, black berries and black cherries

*Important Notes:

  • Any of the above fruits can be used in any combination, based on what you have available or how you want your popsicles to taste. Above are my suggestions for making popsicles in the main colors of the rainbow.
  • Juices can also be used to enhance color and taste.
  • Water can be used to thin pureed fruits.
  • Fruit used can either be frozen (and thawed) or fresh produce.

Recipe Steps:

  1. Puree fruit in a blender or food processor to a thickened liquid consistency, adding juice and/or water to thin if necessary.
  2. Pour mixture into the popsicle holder (or ice cube tray) and freeze for approximately 6 hours
  3. Enjoy!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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