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Kids of all ages can enjoy using sidewalk chalk whether it is in their driveway or actually on a sidewalk near home. Here are some ideas for making the most of a bucket of sidewalk chalk.
- Play Tic Tac Toe- Draw the grid with chalk and then use natural items such as rocks or pinecones to represent the Xs and Os.
- Target Practice- Draw a bull’s eye with several circles around it and designate point values for each circle. Use rocks or bean bags to try to hit the target.
- Mathematical Hopscotch- Put a spin on the traditional hopscotch game by having kids practice math facts as they hop from square to square.
- Create a Constellation- Use rocks and sidewalk chalk to create new constellations and develop a story about how the new constellation came to be in the sky.
- Practice Letters or Words- With younger children write random letters on the sidewalk. Then, call out one letter at a time and see how quickly your child can run, hop or skip to that letter. For older kids, write sight words and play the same game.
- Draw a Twin- Have your child lay down and trace the outline of their body in chalk. Then, have them add details to create a mirror image of themselves.
- Create a Scene- Draw a habitat such as a jungle or the desert including plant and animal life. Have the kids help color the habitat and then make up a story about what happens when you visit.
- Just Draw- Simply exploring their own artistic wishes makes most kids happy!