Turn off the TV, unplug the video games, take away the laptop, the cell phone and the tablet for a couple of hours and get your kids outside. The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day. Your kids need to act like kids for a couple of hours and just play! If you’ve got some sidewalk chalk and an open driveway or sidewalk, there are plenty of games you and your child will love.
Sidewalk Chalk Games
1. Classic Sidewalk Chalk Games
Teach your child all of your favorite playground games that you played when you were a kid. Draw out fun games such as tic-tac-toe, hopscotch, and foursquare with washable sidewalk chalk. You can even have a playful little competition with your little one.
2. Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Games
With a piece of chalk, have your child lay down flat on their back while you trace around their bodies. Then have your child then draw for you a picture explaining what they want to be when they grow up, such as a basketball player, doctor, police officer, or fire fighter.
You can also play a drawing guessing game where your child picks a noun (a person, place, or thing) and you try to guess what your child is drawing. Give yourself a time limit with a stopwatch.
3. Sidewalk Chalk Word Games
Play hangman by picking out a word your child should be able to spell. For every missed letter, draw a part of the stick figure body until it is complete or your child guesses the correct word. You can also let your child pick out a word for you to guess.
Help your child with his grammar and spelling, write down a couple of words that rhyme, such as “Dig” and “Pig” or “Bat” and “Mat,” and have your child point out which word rhymes with which.
4. Sidewalk Chalk Math
You can also work on simple math problems together, which can be so much fun that your child may forget that they are learning at the same time. You can help your child move on from easy addition of 1 + 1 = 2 to more advanced multiplication and division as the game advances.
5. Sidewalk Chalk Basketball