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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
What’s Your Favorite Way to Play with Sidewalk Chalk?
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