One of our favorite summer activities for kids is playing with sidewalk chalk. From drawing pictures to playing games, it’s a great way to keep them entertained during the summer, get them active outdoors, and challenge their creativity.
Here are five of our favorite sidewalk chalk activities:
1. Good ‘Ole Tic Tac Toe – Tic Tac Toe is a classic game that kids love to play. Turn a regular old Tic Tac Toe game into a Tic Tac Toe tournament with over sized boards drawn on your driveway or sidewalk!
2. Hopscotch – Another classic children’s game that is perfect for creating with sidewalk chalk is Hopscotch. Not only do they get to draw their own colorful and personalized hopscotch game board, but the kids also get to practice their hopping. Hopscotch is a fun and active game for all ages! Better yet, it can be played with one child or several!
3. Water Balloon Toss – This game is simple and easy for a variety of ages. Plus, it involves water balloons, so every kid loves it!
Draw a bulls eye with the sidewalk chalk, labeling the different rings with different point values. Then draw a tossing line where the children have to stand to toss their water balloons at the bulls eye. I drew two different lines for my kiddos: one for the big kids and one for my preschooler.
Keep track of everyone’s score right on the driveway or sidewalk with the chalk. Now, since we are using water balloons, you do have to redraw the bulls eye rings from time to time. The kids didn’t care though, and we had lots of fun!
4. Four Square – Four Square is a game that’s easier for older children, but still enjoyable for younger ones to try. All you need is a bouncy playground ball, and a large square divided into four smaller squares drawn on your playing surface. Number the squares one through four and assign a square to each child. You must have at least four players for this game. You can have more players, but only four can play during a single round.
Click here to read the official Four Square rules. You can make this game easier for younger children by changing a few rules. It’s a fairly easy game once you get the hang of it, and is often a requested activity for my big kids.
5. Self Portraits – Kids love to draw themselves. It’s often a humorous activity as they try to recreate what they think they look like. Making life-size self portraits is easy with sidewalk chalk. Have your child lay down on the driveway or sidewalk. Trace around their entire body with the chalk, then let them color the shape in to make it look like them.
Kylie especially loves this activity, and you can almost guarantee that you will see different versions of her drawn all over our driveway! I love how it allows her to be creative and express her personality.
Sidewalk Chalk Tip: One of my biggest complaints about sidewalk chalk is that the kids get the chalk everywhere when they are playing. It gets all over their hands and then they inadvertently wipe their hands on their clothing. It comes off easy, but you can prevent the mess with sidewalk chalk holders, the plastic holders keep mess at a minimum!
For more fun summer activities for kids, head over to over to our Outdoor Play Pinterest board!