Posted by: ad65shorty | June 19, 2009

More Than Sidewalk Chalk

drawing road construction and trucks

drawing road construction and trucks

Sidewalk chalk. Love it! It allows kids (and adults) to be artsy outdoors. It’s cheap and easy to clean up. And kids love it! Can’t beat that! But just allowing your kids to draw can get monotonous. Here are a couple of ideas to break it up a bit:

1. Create a city for your child’s toy cars and trucks. Draw roads, houses, restaurants, a zoo, the likes.

2. Draw roads for your children’s bikes. Put a line down the center with arrows so they know what direction to go. Add stop signs, a parking lot, McDonald’s, a rest stop. Whatever you can think of. Invite some friends over and have one child be the policeman, reinforcing the rules of the road. I’ve done this at un-used tennis/basketball courts, and gone all out with cones, stop signs, a fix-it shop, food court, etc! The children learned the rules of the road, as well as bicycle safety.

3. Make sidewalk paint (recipe from my friend, Dakota):

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
6-8 drops food coloring

Now turn the kids loose with a paintbrush or just their hands out on the driveway. Spray down with hose when finished, easy clean up.

4. Play hopscotch or 4-square.

5. Reinforce academic concepts, such as name writing, numbers, shapes, etc. When I taught 1st grade, we did a relay where I would shout out a math fact, and the kids had to race down to me and write down the correct answer. Makes learning fun!

What do your children like to do with sidewalk chalk?

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