Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sidewalk Chalk Fun: 45+ Games and Activities

Sidewalk Chalk Fun: 40+ Games and Activities for Kids for the Summer, plus DIY Chalk Paint Recipe -

Playing with sidewalk chalk is one of my kids favorite summertime activities.

And I’m always looking for fun ways to teach my kids their numbers, colors, the ABCs, following directions, hand-eye coordination, etc. 

So why not combine the two?  

That's exactly what we do now!  Every time we go outside to play with sidewalk chalk, we turn it into a learning game or activity.  So I compiled a list of our favorites, plus more that we'd like to try, so...

Here are 45+ fun games and activities 
you can do with sidewalk chalk!  

Sidewalk Chalk Fun: 40+ Games and Activities for Kids for the Summer, plus DIY Chalk Paint Recipe -

Games to learn numbers, counting, and math  

Number Game:  Write out the numbers with corresponding dots underneath.  Then, have your child count, stomping on each number as they go.  Or tell them a number to run to.  Or have them count out the dots with their feet.  It’s so simple, and the kids love it!

Telling Time:  Teach your child to tell time with sidewalk chalk and other objects.

Gross Motor Addition Game:  Have your child add up the total on the dice, and then have them hop to the number.

Snail Hopscotch:  A circular twist on a classic game.

Activities to teach ABCs, spelling, and reading

Alphabet Game:  Write out the alphabet.  Have your child say their ABCs, stomping on each letter as they go.  Or have them spell out a word or their name by standing on each letter in the correct order.  Or tell them a letter to run to.  You can do a lot with this game!

Alphabet Hop:  An alphabet board game, but instead of making a paper board like she did, draw it out with chalk!

Word Find:  Create a word find puzzle with sight words, your kids' names, words that fit a theme, like animals, trees, and so on, etc.  Then, let them find as many words as possible...or tell them what words to find.

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Colors and Shapes
Games to learn colors and shapes

Colored Shapes Game:  Draw different shapes in various colors around the driveway.  Then, give your kids directions on what to do:  “Run to the green circle!  Skip to the pink heart!  Jump on the orange rectangle!"  My kids could do this forever!

Chalk Rainbow:  You can use paving stones or just draw out circles to fill in on your driveway or patio.

Nature Color Hunt:  Have your child match the color to something from nature.

Sidewalk Simon:  An action color memory game.

Shape Drawings:  Have your kid pick a shape and then create a person or image only with that shape.

Games that combine learning numbers, ABCs, shapes, colors, math, reading, science, following directions, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, etc.

Connect the Dots:  Draw dots in the outline of a letter, number, shape, image, or whatever you want.  Then, starting with the first dot and the number 1, label each dot in order.  Or you could do even numbers, odd numbers, multiples of 5 or 10 - any number pattern you want to teach your child.  You could even use the alphabet and put a letter by each dot.  Last, have your child connect the dots in the correct order to see what it will become!

Hopscotch:  This game can be done the classic way with numbers, or you can change it up by using letters, shapes, etc.

Lily Pad Hop:  Draw out lily pads with the chalk and put a letter, shape, sight word, number, etc. in the center of every lily pad.  Then, let your little frog hop and learn!

Chalk Bean Bag Toss:  Have your child toss the bean bag at a number, letter, shape, etc.  They can score points depending on how close they are to their mark!

Chalk Constellations:  Help your child to use rocks and chalk to draw out the constellations of the stars.

Chalk Solar System:  Draw out the planets in order.  Play hopscotch!

Chalk Treasure Hunt:  Can you find 3 green leaves?  2 yellow flowers?

Chalk Splash:  Give your child a letter, number, shape, etc. - then they have to squirt the correct one with water.  This can be done with water balloons too! 

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Art and Pretend Play
Activities to build creativity and imagination

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint:  This sidewalk chalk paint recipe is so easy and made out of edible ingredients...just in case!  You can use it for any of the activities on this list or just to draw.  Definitely add it to your Summer Bucket List this year!  We loved it - it was so fun!

Art Teacher:  Obviously, you can just draw with sidewalk chalk too!  You can give your child directions on what to draw, like an orange oval or a yellow star.  You can use art to teach anything - colors, following directions, shapes, etc.

Draw a Scene:  Draw a simple scene, like the ocean, a garden, the sky, a forest, a farm - and then you and your child can add animals, plants, people, and objects to the scene.  It's fun to see what your child dreams up!

Art Story-Telling:  To go along with Draw a Scene above: after you're done (or even while you're drawing it), make a story to go along with it.  I love hearing my kids tell stories!

Tracing:  Give your child something to trace - a leaf, a rock, a garden hose, their hand, your body!

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J was intent on making her sun exactly like mine!

Copycat:  You draw a picture of something, and then have your child copy it. 

Body Outline:  Trace your child's body, and then let them decorate it.

Treasure Map:  Hide a "treasure" somewhere in your yard.  Then, draw a map - X marks the spot of the treasure!

On a Box:  Like this, but an outside boredom buster: let your child go to town with sidewalk chalk on a box!

3D Chalk Art:  Draw a scene, and then add your child to it!

Chalk Dress Up Dolls:  Trace your child and add real clothes and shoes to their body.

Splat Painting:  A fun and messy water balloon game!

Handprints and More:  Chalk + wet hands = lots of fun!

Chalk Puddles:  A game to play in the rain!

Chalk Ice Cool sensory artwork for a hot day!

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Activities that use roads to learn and play

Roads:  Our kids love to drive.  Their crazy coupe that is.  And there is a lot you can do when you draw out a road.  (If you have a big enough area, I recommend drawing a type of figure 8 with the intersection a perfect cross.  I did not do this the first time, and we definitely needed it to be drawn that way.  I think a figure 8 would work the best.)   

Here are our favorite ways to play with a sidewalk chalk road:

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What big sister doesn't love telling her little brother what to do?  Ha!

Red Light, Green Light:  What kid hasn't played this game?!  One person is the traffic light and the other is the driver.  The traffic light tells the driver when to stop and go.  So simple and so fun!  (We made a little Stop/Go sign with construction paper and a popsicle stick - our kids love something to hold onto while they play this game!)

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Destination Pretend Play:  Draw out various destinations along your road - it doesn't have to be perfect.  We like using these places: Home, Gas Station, Store, Zoo, Farm, and Park.  Then, give directions on where to go.  When you arrive at your destination, stop and do some pretend play!  Fill up the "car" with gas, pick up veggies at the store (what color are they?), make animal sounds at the farm or zoo, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

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Sight Words:  Going along with the pretend play, write out the name of each destination right next to it.  Say the word and spell it out when you arrive at your destination!

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Which way do you turn to get to the store?

Learning Directions:  This can go along with the pretend play as well.  Tell your child to go left, right, or straight ahead.  Or when they are heading towards a destination, ask them which way they have to turn to get there.

Here are other ways to use sidewalk chalk roads:

Outdoor Roads or Tracks:  Chalk roads for little cars, trucks, and trains.

Car City:  Like our pretend play that I mentioned above, but for little cars.

Chalk Maze:  A little maze for little cars.

Action and Games
Activities that make you think and move

Tic Tac Toe:  Make a Tic Tac Toe board and use bean bags, rocks, or other objects as markers. 

Hopscotch Board Game A fun, twisty-turny, action-packed game that kids will love!

4 Square:  A game every kid has played!

Get Up & Move Dice:  Chalkboard painted "dice" with actions - roll the dice and do what it says!

Obstacle Course:  An action-packed chalk game!

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Chalk Tips:  

Chalky hands.  No one likes it.  You can get a chalk holder, like these from Melissa and Doug (we found our chalk holders in the Dollar Spot at Target this Spring), or you can do something a lot more simple with something you already have: a wet rag or wash cloth.  We bring out a few wet wash cloths, and whenever our hands start feeling too chalky, we clean them with the wash cloth.  Quick and easy.

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We have so many sidewalk chalk games to play and new ones to try out this summer!  My kids are going to love it!  Do you have any more to add to the list? 

Oh, and don't forget to check out the other 10 awesome summer activities linked up below in the Summer Fun Blog Hop!  

I hope you have a great start to your summer!

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Summer Fun Blog Hop!

11 Summer Fun Activities for Kids: Sidewalk Chalk Paint and Games, Water Table Activities, Noah's Ark Themed Day, and Many More! -

Summer is approaching, and today some friends and I are sharing some of our favorite summer tips, activities, and bucket lists. Hop around and find some new ideas for your summer of fun!

Water Play from BYBMG

And don't forget to check out the first post in the Sidewalk Chalk Fun Series: DIY Chalk Paint.  Another fun chalk activity your kids will love!

I'm linking up with these awesome parties!


  1. Thank you; these are wonderful ideas! Pinning to my Pinterest board. :-) Visiting you from Women with Intention. :-)

  2. Abi at Joy In My KitchenMay 20, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    I love it. We can use some of these today!

  3. So much fun! I love all the ideas. Feel free to stop on over at our Link Party, Idea Box, tomorrow! :)

  4. This is the best round-up of chalk ideas I've ever seen!! Something for every kid - Love it!!


  5. Wow - I love all of these ideas! My little ones love playing with chalk on the driveway and would LOVE some of these games...I love how they combine activity (I have 2 boys who are very active) and learning. I can't wait to try them. (Stopping over from Grandma Ideas Link Party.)

  6. The chalk road!!! That's awesome! So many amazing ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Christina GignouxMay 21, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    I am going to put my big girls to work on doing some of these activities with my littles while we are trying to get our house sold! Thanks for this!

  8. Wow! A lot of fun ideas here! Thank you!

  9. I love the shapes and colors game - my 2 year old would have so much fun with that!

  10. We have just started using chalk outside with my one year old and these are awesome ideas! Thank you!

  11. I hope you enjoy them! I can't wait to try out some new ones this summer! -Jess

  12. Thanks for the invite, Danielle! I linked up and added it to our party page. We'll be back for sure! -Jess

  13. Thanks! I hope this list will grow with our kids too! -Jess

  14. I'm all about playing + learning. Plus it's fun for me as the "teacher" too! I hope your kids enjoy these games!!! -Jess

  15. They seriously looooooved that one. I see a lot of chalk roads in my future :) -Jess

  16. Great idea!!!!! And good luck on selling your house - praying to St. Joseph for a quick sale! -Jess

  17. I hope your family really enjoys them this summer! -Jess

  18. My daughter would play that game for hours. I hope your little one loves it too! -Jess

  19. This list will grow with your little one too! I hope you guys have a lot of fun with these ideas over the years! -Jess

  20. These are so good!! I'm definitely going to have to try some of these out with my daughters! Thanks for compiling all of them together & sharing :)

  21. These are such great ideas! Going to have to save this for sure!

  22. This may sound so silly, but I grew up without a sidewalk to chalk on... Now that my kids have one, I kind of come up blank on what they can do with it. These are great ideas!

  23. This is is a great idea. My daughter always loves playing with chalk outside, but I always run out of ideas of what to draw...not any more!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  24. Sarah Nenni-DaherMay 26, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    We love the chalk holders, too and thank you for the tip about a wet wash cloth- never occurred to me. :)

    Thanks for the great summer fun idea and for linking up at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party. I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow!

  25. Your driveway is divine!! Thanks for all the great ideas and for linking up :-)

  26. WOW!! You have such a great driveway for all of your chalk games. I love the letters, numbers, roads and all the other creative games you came up with. I am also impressed with your chalk painting skills :) I'm saving this post to refer back to later

  27. These are such awesome ideas, thank you!! My son is a year and a half, so he's too little for many of these (but I'll save for future use) BUT he loves driving his car and would get a big kick out of having a "road" to drive on. Love these!!

  28. We actually just bought sidewalk chalk today! You have some great ideas and I'll definitely be playing these games with my little ones! Visiting from Merry Monday.
    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

  29. It was really fun to do! Our kids love sidewalk chalk, and I was looking for new games...and there were so many, but all scattered throughout Pinterest. Now, I have a list for myself too! :) I can't wait to try out the new ones I've found! Hope you enjoy them too! -Jess

  30. It's going to be a list I pull out often this summer! Hope you guys love it too! -Jess

  31. My kids loved it! I'm looking forward to trying out the smaller roads and having them use Hot Wheels cars on it. I bet they'll love that too. I hope your family enjoys this list as much as we have so far! -Jess

  32. We only had a small area to chalk on growing up, so I'm in heaven that we have a whole driveway now! I hope this list really gives you some great ideas, and you all have a blast with it! -Jess

  33. I know! This list will keep us occupied all summer. I hope you all enjoy it too! Thanks for hosting! -Jess

  34. Thanks, Sarah! It's so much better than them wiping their hands all over their clothes. I hope your family has fun with this list! Thanks for hosting! -Jess

  35. I love that we have such a large place to draw. I only had a small space when I was little. I hope your kiddos enjoy this list too! -Jess

  36. I'll probably be referring back to it all summer too. I'm excited to try out so many new games for the kids! My kids just love it...I know Olive will too! -Jess

  37. He would looooove the road! And the chalk paint is fun for that age too because they can just splat it, and it doesn't matter if they put it in their mouth since it's edible (at least my son puts everything in his mouth!). I hope you enjoy this list for many years to come!!! -Jess

  38. Perfect timing! I hope you guys enjoy these activities as much as we do! -Jess

  39. My son just turned two and LOVES being outside, so these are all great ideas I'll definitely be referring back to! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you'll join us again tonight! :)

  40. He will really enjoy these activities then! We are having a blast checking these off 1 by 1! Thanks for hosting! -Jess

  41. These are great ideas! I bookmarked this post. I want to try some of these things with my two grand kids. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!


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