Sidewalk Paint

crafts, kids, Svara, Talisa

Here is another day when it was time to do a messy activity!  Again this activity I chose to do outside, to allow for easier cleanup.

DIY sidewalk paint cornstarch and food coloring

I mixed together cornstarch with water and added plenty of food coloring for nice bold colors.  Add some spoons and/or big paintbrushes, and it’s time for some colorful fun!






DIY sidewalk paint cornstarch and food coloring

I see they are only using spoons in these photos, I can’t remember why they are not trying paintbrushes.  Maybe the paint was too thin or something.


fun with homemade sidewalk paint

Svara enjoyed mixing the colors and making swirls.  Talisa just enjoyed splattering!


fun with homemade sidewalk paint




Svara’s Icecream

family, food, Svara

Svara’s favorite treat!  The fact that she is allergic to dairy, and has to have only minimal sugar luckily do not keep Svara away from icecream!


Here is our super easy icecream recipe that Svara has been eating since she was less than a year old:

Banana Icecream

*3-6 very ripe bananas, frozen

*200ml (approximately 1 cup) full fat coconut milk (can substitute with any milk or milk alternative)

Optional ingredients, choose one or more:

*2-3 Tbs carob or cocoa powder (we use carob)

*Large handful of fresh green spinach leaves (can’t taste them and makes pretty green icecream!)

*Frozen berries, any kind

*2-3 Tbs peanut butter or any  nut or seed butter

*2-4 Tbs lemon juice for lemon icecream! (you may need to add some sweetener to taste for this variety)


Place all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth.  It will be quite soft, but still very cold, when it is finished.  It can be eaten immediately or put into a container in the freezer.  You can also spoon it into popsicle molds!  If you have an icecream maker you can also put it in the iceream maker to make it more stiff for immediate eating.  After it is completely frozen it will be quite hard.  You can let it sit out on the counter for 10 minutes to soften, or place in the microwave for 20-40 seconds so it is easy to scoop (just make sure it is in a microwaveable container if you do that!)


Because bananas are so naturally sweet you do not need any additional sugar in this recipe, which is great for Svara! (she gets yeast overgrowth if she has too much sugar)   This is also the only way Svara will currently eat bananas.  We make it at least once a week!  Usually the carob variety, but sometimes Svara requests green icecream, or plain banana.


Svara knows that she has dietary restrictions.  When in the store if she sees something she’ll ask, “does it have dairy?” or “does it have too much sugar?” and she doesn’t put up a fuss when I say yes, it does.  Perhaps some day this will change, but right now she remembers having a rash and being all itchy from eating the wrong foods, so she’s more than happy to stick with what she’s able to have.  And having healthy and tasty alternatives for her at home always helps too!