Playing With Chalk
I know that spring is in the air and that summer can’t be far behind when my driveway starts looking like this, a massive piece of graffiti art! The family is trying to taking full advantage of the warmer weather here in the Northeast by spending as much time outside as possible.
Both of my kidlets are budding artists and one of their all-time favorite things to do is draw with chalk on our driveway. Sidewalk chalk is a great addition to any outdoor play and is an inexpensive activity that the entire family can enjoy doing together. I love how playing with chalk promotes my kidlet’s imaginations, creativity and even helps with their basic elementary school skills (writing numbers, letters & words).
Fortunately our driveway is L O N G, so they have a pretty big canvas to draw upon. For the past few seasons we’ve bought your standard giant, chunky crayon shaped chalk sticks in rainbow colors by the bucket full. This past weekend though he kidlets found a new twist on sidewalk chalk in their Easter baskets.
Each of the kidlets got a package of Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk. This is a new line from RoseArt which puts a new spin on traditional chalk play with a toy hidden inside. What kid doesn’t love that! Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk comes in five fun themes – flower, sun, skull, sea life and monster – and each set includes seven pieces of 3-D shaped colored chalk with one of 20 different collectible characters inside.
My kidlets got the flower and monster ones and went right to work on getting their “surprise inside” out. Here are some of the masterpieces they created in our driveway:
Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk retails for around $3.49 a package and you can find them at your local big box store.
If your kidlets aren’t so much in drawing/art, or even if you want to change-up your outdoor play routine, there are plenty of other ideas you can use sidewalk chalk for. Here are some fun activities with chalk that get kidlets moving and puts to use their gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination while sneaking in a bit of learning fun:
Hopscotch – Draw a good, old-fashioned hopscotch board. You can follow the traditional rules of the game (using numbers) or you can add a twist by writing letters, words or shapes in the squares instead.
Human Board Game – Draw various paths that intertwine using different chalk colors – sort of like a “Candyland” or “Chutes and Ladders” game boards. In each square draw in a different shape, letter, number or word and then give your child instructions such as “follow the yellow path,” “find the next circle” or “move ahead to the letter ‘A’” and have them jump from one square to another until they reach the end.
Shadow Capture – Use colorful chalk to outline the shadow of an object such as a bike, a tree, a mailbox or even a person and then color it in. It’s sort of like a larger-than-life coloring book.
Race Track – Use sidewalk chalk to draw a wide and winding road or even an oval race track for your kids to ride their razor scooters or for smaller children, Cozy Coupes, etc. on. You can draw in stop signs, speed limit signs, railroad tracks, bridges and even gas stations to refuel. You could also do a much smaller, scaled down version to use Matchbox cars.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite sidewalk chalk activity?
For full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive two complimentary Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk packages from RoseArt to sample and review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products as your opinion may differ.
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