HOUSTON – Sidewalk chalk is a fun, easy way to keep younger kids entertained, but older kids get bored with it. Now there's Spray Chalk.
It's like spray paint, but the product that comes out turns to chalk. The thin nozzles on the spray cans let artists create elaborate works of art on just about any surface. The manufacturer says Spray Chalk is non-toxic and environmentally friendly and it will wash away with rain.
Consumer expert Amy Davis turned her son's playdate into a test for this As Seen on TV Tuesday. Her son and his friends are 6 years old. There are no obvious age recommendations or requirements printed on the Spray Chalk box.
With permission, the kids sprayed a concrete driveway, asphalt, the grass, greenery and each other.
"I like it," said Davis' son.
"Me too," his friend Henry chirped.
After the paint party, Davis took the kids inside to wash up. The paint on the boys' hands and bodies initially didn't wash off completely with soap and water in the sink. And over-spray that got on the boys shoes wouldn't just wipe off with a bleach wipe. Clothes that were sprayed did come out clean in the wash with no trace of the Spray Chalk.
Unfortunately, the rain didn't wash all of the art off of the grass, greenery, driveway or asphalt. Some of it came off; but Davis would need to finish the job with a water hose.
The most confusing part about Spray Chalk is the disclaimer on the box. On the front, there are pictures of children using the product, but in fine print on the back, it reads "Keep out of reach of children."
Despite the contradictory message, the boys gave Spray Chalk a thumbs up.
Davis paid $19.88 for the Spray Chalk at Wal-Mart. It comes with 4 cans in white, pink, yellow and blue.