Sidewalk Chalk!

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Writing with chalk or paint on a sidewalk or driveway is a great sensory experience that children have enjoyed for decades.  It also lends itself to many activities around writing, numbers and learning.  Try some of these fun activities!

  • Practice writing letters and numbers
  • Make a hopscotch game.  You can either use numbers, or use a letter of your child’s name in each square, spelling out their name.
  • Body tracing – have your child lie down while someone traces around them with chalk.  Your child can then have fun colouring in hair, face, hands and clothes.   They could also make themselves into a princess, astronaut or cowboy!
  • Love notes – write notes for Mommy or Daddy to find when they come home from work.
  • Older children will enjoy drawing roads for younger children to drive toy cars on –be sure to include windy, twisty roads, trees, stores, animals and people.
  • Create an outdoor treasure hunt with clues in chalk.  Write the clues on trees, steps and stones to lead the children to the treasure.

Don’t have any chalk?  Here are some easy recipes!

Sidewalk ChalkAdd washable tempra paint to one cup plaster of paris.  Mix with water until thick.  Pour into a paper cup and let set.  Once dry, peel away the paper cup. Sidewalk PaintMix together 2 tbsp cornstarch, 4 tbsp water and 6 – 8 drops of food colouring.  Let children paint with brushes, fingers, sticks, feathers and other medium.

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