If your kids are like mine, a cheap box of sidewalk chalk can keep them busy outside for quite some time. Whenever I see some good outdoor chalk on sale (we like this Crayola box), I tend to stock up on it because there really are so many different activities and games that kids can use the chalk for.
Here are 8 fun sidewalk chalk and activities that we like to play at our house.
This classic game is still a favorite today with kids. Draw the squares 1-10 or even 1-20 for older kids and let them start hopping away. Sometimes we will play the classic way with throwing the rock or other times, the kids just see how difficult they can make the hopscotch squares to see who can do it the best.
2. Complete the Picture
Choose an area of the pavement that you want to draw your picture in and then decide on the theme of the picture. For example, a couple themes that we like to choose is the beach, a jungle, our family, and a park. One kid starts drawing the picture for a certain period of time (no more than 3-5 minutes at a time) and then it’s the next kid’s turn to complete what the first one has drawn. Each kid takes turn until the whole scene is completed.
Another way we play this, is to have each child pick a smaller square of the scene and then draw all at the same time and then see how well it all goes together once everyone is done. This is a better option for younger kids who may want to simply draw and not wait their turn to draw.
3. Tic Tac Toe
When we play tic tac toe with sidewalk chalk outside, we don’t just draw the board and take turns. Instead we make it a little more difficult in that you have to toss a rock into the square you want to draw your “X’ or “O” in. Each player should stand behind a line and then take turns to toss the rock into a square. The rock must land completely in the square to be able to draw in it. If you don’t get the rock completely in the square it is the next players turn to try.
You could also use bean bags instead of a rock if you want to keep the game safer for some kids.
4. Bean Bag Toss
For bean bag toss you can let your child draw the target or you can draw the target for younger kids. We usually stick with a circle target that resembles a dart board with each layer inside being different point amounts. Each player takes turns tossing 2-3 bean bags at a time to see who can get to 100 points first.
5. Chalk Maze
If you have a larger driveway or patio area you can play in, this can be a great way to get kids moving and laughing. Using the chalk draw a fun and twisty maze that kids must follow to reach the finish line.
You can have races through the maze to see who can do it the fastest or choose different ways to get through the ways such as jumping or skipping instead of just walking or running.
6. Chalk Twister
Take the game of Twister outside for your kids to play. Use different colors as well as shapes to help younger kids learn colors and shapes. For younger kids and toddlers you could call out things like, “Go stand on the red square,” while for older kids you could do more complicated things like “Go stand on the red square with only your right foot.”
You could make this into a competitive game or just have fun with it.
7. Family Portraits
Each child can make their very own portrait of themselves using the chalk. Parents can also join in on the fun and draw themselves as well to have a big family portrait.
Sometimes we will mix it up a bit and have each person lie down on the ground and then I will trace that kid’s outline with the chalk and then they get to add the details and clothes. It’s fun to watch the kids get creative and compare their portraits.
8. Kid Sized Board Game
For this game you will need dice as you will be making a board game that your child stands on and moves through. I’ll make the board game with different squares that tells the child things to do. For example some squares may have things like, do 10 jumping jacks or hop in place 5 times, while other squares may ask questions like, what is 4 plus 4.
Just make the questions and activities child appropriate and have fun with them. You can even add spaces like, “go back 4 spaces” or “jump ahead 4 spaces” to keep the game interesting.
What are some of your favorite sidewalk chalk and activities to do with your kids?