The summer months are such a fun time of the year! It’s my most favorite season. I love how the kids are off of school and we get to spend time together doing all sorts of things. There are days though when we just want to spend most of the day at home instead of running around town. I’m sure you have those days too. This presents the challenge of having to come up with things to keep the kiddos from becoming bored! Well, I have 5 Boredom Buster activities that will 1. get your child/children outside and 2. be fun! All you need is some chalk. You can grab sidewalk chalk from just about any store and it’s pretty inexpensive. Here are five fun sidewalk chalk ideas to keep the kids happily entertained.
This was originally published on June 27, 2019 but I have republished it here to make it easier for my new readers to find. In addition, I have added 5 new chalk drawing ideas. It is so much fun to get kids of all ages enjoying being outside in this creative way.
Creative, Fun Chalk Ideas For Kids
Are you tired of the same old activities to keep your kids entertained outdoors? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you. Imagine the look of wonder on your little ones’ faces as they step outside to find a magical world awaiting them on the sidewalk. We’ve rounded up 10 insanely creative sidewalk chalk ideas that will not only wow your kids but also ignite their imaginations like never before. From turning your driveway into a colorful canvas to hosting a sidewalk chalk art contest, get ready to transform your outdoor space into a playground of endless possibilities. So, grab your chalk and let’s dive into a world where creativity knows no bounds!
10 Fun Sidewalk Chalk Activities:
What You Will Need:
- Chalk! That’s it but you might need a few boxes of sidewalk chalk so that they can have fun with lots of colors and sizes!
- Sidewalk chalk paint (Totally optional but a fun way to switch things up. Recipe.)
Color Rocks in the Yard
My kids actually love to do this and since the chalk washes away after it rains, it’s no big deal to have colored rocks for a little bit. We have some landscape beds and some rocks around other parts of our yard so the kids just go around and make them all colorful with their chalk!
Create a Life-Sized Board Game
Not only will playing a life-sized board game on your driveway keep your kids entertained for hours, but it also provides a great opportunity for them to learn and practice important skills like counting, taking turns, and strategic thinking. Plus, the bright and vibrant artwork on your driveway will certainly catch the attention of neighbors, inspiring others to join in on the fun.
Your kids can use chalk drawings to transform your driveway into a larger-than-life game board, where your kids can step, jump, and skip their way through a fun and interactive adventure. You just need a few simple tools like sidewalk chalk and a set of dice. Kids can create a game that combines the joy of physical activity with the thrill of a classic board game.
To get started, sketch out a winding path on your driveway using different colors of chalk. You can include various obstacles, challenges, and rewards along the way, just like in a traditional board game. For example, you could draw squares that require players to perform silly actions, like hopping on one foot or doing a cartwheel. Other squares could offer special bonuses or extra turns, adding an element of excitement and surprise.
The best part is that you can customize the game to fit your child’s interests and age group. Younger kids might enjoy a simple counting game, where they move forward based on the number they roll on the dice. Older kids can try a more complex game with strategic elements, where they make decisions about which path to take or how to outsmart their opponents.
Not only will creating a life-sized board game provide endless entertainment for your kids, but it also encourages them to think critically, problem-solve, and develop their social skills. They’ll learn about the importance of taking turns, following rules, and working together as a team.
Chalk Tic Tac Toe
Head to your driveway or to the street (as long as their is an adult with kids) and draw a tic-tac-toe board or a few! This game is always a fun one and making it extra large with the chalk is even more fun!
Another oldie but goody! Grab that chalk and make a hopscotch board. Younger children can just hop through but older children can play by the hopscotch rules and try several variations. We usually find a small rock as the small item to pick up while hopping. However, if there are no smaller rocks around, you could grab a piece of mulch or even use a pine cone!
With a bit of creativity and some chalk, your kids can enhance the classic hopscotch game and give it their own unique spin. Encourage them to think outside the traditional hopscotch box and come up with new ways to play. Maybe they’ll want to add additional squares, create different shapes, or incorporate fun challenges into each step.
Geometric Chalk Art Ideas
You can take masking tape or duct tape and create fun patterns on the sidewalk. Then color them in with different chalk colors. Finally, remove the painter’s tape to reveal a pretty geometric pattern of your design. There are endless cool sidewalk chalk designs you can create. You can also draw boxes and insert positive messages.
Sidewalk Chalk Art For Kids
My next idea for your outdoor chalk fun is to grab a stack of index cards or even cut up a few strips of paper and write down different animals or shapes. Have your child pick a card and draw what it says! This one is always fun for the kiddos that love to draw and sketch with their chalk! Out of all the sidewalk chalk ideas, this is one of my children’s favorites.
With just a few colorful sticks of chalk, older kids can transform your driveway into an enchanting realm where unicorns roam, pirate ships sail the seas, and fairies sprinkle their magic dust. Encourage your kids to let their imaginations run wild as they draw vibrant landscapes and towering castles. It can be very exciting for kids to turn your driveway into a colorful canvas!
Draw fun race track patterns for your matchbox cars or remote control cars and have races.
For younger kids, just get your child to practice writing their name or practice writing letters! For a bit older kids, have them practice sight words. This fun activity is a great idea to help develop fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
Older children may want try writing their names in bubble letters. This fun and playful technique will add a touch of personalization to their masterpieces, making them truly unique. To begin, have your children write their names in large, block letters on the sidewalk. Make sure the letters are evenly spaced and legible. Once the outlines are complete, they can start to “inflate” the letters by adding rounded edges and curves. Imagine their names transformed into bouncy, bubbly shapes that seem to jump right off the pavement.
Color is another element that can further enhance the impact of their bubble letter names. Your kids can use a variety of vibrant chalk colors to carefully fill in the letters, making them even more eye-catching. They can mix and match different colors, creating gradients or rainbow patterns within each letter or across the entire name.
Designing an optical illusion on the sidewalk is a great way to tap into your kids’ creativity and imagination. They can start by selecting a focal point or central image, such as a swirling vortex or a floating staircase. Then, they can experiment with perspective and angles to create the illusion of depth and movement. Encourage your kids to think outside the box and explore different techniques, like using shadows, lines, or contrasting colors to enhance the impact of their optical illusions.
To really wow their audience, your kids can play with size and scale. By drawing objects that appear larger or smaller than they actually are, they can create a sense of distortion and surprise. For example, they can draw a gigantic ice cream cone or a tiny elephant, defying the laws of physics and challenging the viewer’s perception.
Host a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Hosting a sidewalk chalk art contest will allow your young artists to showcase their talents and share their stories with others. As the contest begins, encourage participants to use a specific theme or prompt to guide their creations. This adds an element of challenge and encourages kids to think creatively within a given framework. Themes like “Under the Sea,” “Outer Space Adventures,” or “Favorite Fairy Tales” can serve as inspiration for the young storytellers. By providing a common starting point, a sense of unity emerges, and the sidewalk becomes a vibrant tapestry of diverse interpretations and unique perspectives.
To make the contest even more engaging, involve the entire community in the voting process. Ask passersby, friends, and neighbors to cast their votes for their favorite chalk story. This opens up opportunities for conversations, interaction, and connection among community members. Children will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when others appreciate their artwork, and witnessing the creativity of others will inspire new ideas and further artistic exploration.
The beauty of a sidewalk chalk art contest lies not only in the final creations but also in the journey of creation itself. Encourage kids to experiment with different techniques and styles, such as blending colors, using shading and perspective, or incorporating unique textures. This experimentation fosters their artistic growth and helps them develop their own individual storytelling voice.
In a world filled with endless distractions, it can be a challenge to find activities that truly captivate our kids’ imagination. Thankfully, sidewalk chalk provides a simple and affordable way to engage their creativity while enjoying the great outdoors. From transforming your driveway into a vibrant canvas to hosting a chalk art contest, these 10 insanely creative sidewalk chalk ideas offer boundless possibilities for unforgettable memories. Are you planning on grabbing some chalk soon?! I hope you will try out at least one of these sidewalk chalk activities with your child soon! Share your sidewalk chalk ideas by tagging #familyfocusblog. We’d love to see them!