Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere and my children are loving the extra outdoor time. They’re a little older this year (as time seems to go) and therefore a little more independent and don’t need to be supervised every minute, which is nice for all of us. My children are quite good at coming up with ways to entertain themselves, but I’ve created this list of things to do with sidewalk chalk to bring out when they’re looking for something new to do.
We’ll work our way down the list as the summer progresses.
1- Draw a picture. Stick with the basics, there’s nothing wrong with tried and true fun!
2- Play Pick And Draw, the kids will have so much fun making interesting faces, their sketches will be sure to put a smile on the faces of anyone who sees the outcomes!
3- Hopscotch, another classic outdoor summer game. It will combine the fine motor skills of drawing the board, with the gross motor skills of throwing a rock or beanbag and hopping.
4- Target practice. Draw a target (or several of different shapes, sizes, and distances) and then have fun tossing a rock or beanbag into the target. Give the targets point value and you’ve snuck in some math skills practice at the same time!
5 – Trace your child’s shadow and give features to it. Create a background to the character; age, likes and dislikes, how they came to be in your neighbourhood, etc. If you’re children are a little older they could do a little creative writing assignment and create an entire story.
6- To mix things up a little, keep your children’s math skills sharp over the summer by writing some equations on the sidewalk for them to do. My children really loved the novelty of this ‘game’ and want to do it again!
7- Spelling. Practice spelling new words, or even nonsense words.
8- Play a game (or 10) of Tic Tac Toe with the kids. The overall winner can choose the afternoon’s snack.
9- Surprise Daddy, Grandma, or a neighbour and leave a kind message for them on the sidewalk. Thank them for something they’ve done, or just for being them.
10- Trace a shadow of your child, or another object over the course of the day from the same place.
There are endless ways to use sidewalk chalk, how do your children like to have fun with it? I’d love to know so that I can be prepared with a new list for them next year!
Please have a look at our page on Summer Fun for more ideas to keep the kids busy this year.
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