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6 Creative Ways to Use Up Your Sidewalk Chalk Stash

Warm days are winding down but there’s still time to use up that sidewalk chalk stash before the summer toys get stored away! Playing with chalk outside presents so many educational opportunities, especially for kinesthetic learners. So grab your chalk, get outside, and have some fun!

Shadow Tracing

You need a sunny spot and a buddy for this one – one of you strikes a pose and the other traces the shadow. Take turns & see who can get the silliest, the biggest, the smallest pose.  Come back after a little while and try striking your pose again – is your shadow in the same place, or has it moved?

Preschool Science Activities

Number Hop

Draw a grid and fill it with numbers. Then get jumping! Call out a number for kids to hop to and see if they can get there in a single bound. You can replace the numbers with anything you want your kids to practice – letters, shapes, colors, words – imagination is the limit! For an extra challenge for older kids, call out a sum that they have to hop around to add up to, or fill a grid with the alphabet and call out words for them to spell.

Solar System Skip

In this fresh take on the classic hopscotch game, replace the traditional numbered squares with the solar system.  For smaller players you might just use the eight planets (that still feels strange – I love you Pluto!), and with older kids you might beef it up to include the sun, asteroid belt, dwarf planets (haaay there Pluto 😉 ) Players toss their stone and hop to it, calling out the names of the planets as they go.  Such a fun way for kinesthetic learners to remember the features of the solar system!

Outdoor Games for Kids

Wet Chalk

Have you ever drawn with wet chalk? The texture is much smoother and the colors are so vibrant! Bring a bowl of water to dip your chalks in like painting, pour water over the sidewalk and have at it, or get out and color in the rain!

Random Chalks of Kindness

Head to a neighbor’s, or a friend’s or family’s house, and leave some bright and cheerful art and messages for them.  Maybe just a hello, a get well soon, a thank you…think about greeting cards you might send and deliver them in chalk. Kids love to create a surprise – mine get super into the covert mission aspect of this one.

Sidewalk Chalk, Activities for Kids

Chalk Town

Use your chalk to draw a city or town with roads, bridges, buildings & more, then bring out your cars or dolls & action figures to play. Build your town up with stones, add twigs to your bridges, use grass and leaves to landscape. Imagine away!

Sidewalk Chalk, Activities for Kids

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16 Comments

  1. Stacy Stacy

    Number hop is a great idea! Fun and educational for kids.

  2. I love the shadow tracing! We’ll have to get our chalk out and give this a try.

  3. Love these ideas, especially the solar system. My kiddos are still a little young but exposure is the key to early learning. Chalk is a great way to teach while still being fun.

  4. This sounds so fun. I don’t have kids; in fact, I don’t even have a sidewalk (I live on a ship) but this makes me want to get out some chalk.

    I guess the alternative would be that we have a lot of stainless steel surfaces on the ship and dry erase marker writes and erases easily. I’ve seen some of the kids on board have fun with that… before they got in trouble 😉

  5. Emily Emily

    Great ideas! Last winter our chalk got moldy, as it was a tad wet the last time we used it. I don’t want to do that again, so we best use it all up! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  6. Megan – what a great post! We have tons of sidewalk chalk that has been sitting sadly in my entry way – we need to get outside and check out these great ideas!

  7. Great ideas! Drawing with chalk was definitely one of my favourite activities as a kid! My brother and I could spend hours drawing on the front walk

  8. We hardly ever play with chalk but these ideas are a ton of fun. We have a play date tomorrow and this would be the perfect fun activity to do with the kids.

  9. This is so cool and definitely good for kids! I’ll have to use this when I’m babysitting. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Omg, love this — especially the “random chalks of kindness.” Such a wonderful idea!

  11. Very good way to play with chalk.Loved the messages written in chalk to neighbours. Loved the idea

  12. We so need some sidewalk area at the farm just so we can play with sidewalk chalk. I love it.

  13. Great ideas! Really loved the idea of leaving some bright and cheerful art messages for neighbors!

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