Sidewalk Chalk Activities for Preschoolers

by Bonnie Way

When the weather is sunny outside, my preschool girls like to grab their box of sidewalk chalk and get creative.  Here are a few games and activities we’ve enjoyed with a wide sidewalk and a box of chalk.

1.  Make a Map.

Have your preschooler help you draw a map for their toy cars.  The map could be based on your neighbourhood or on a favourite place or movie.  Then let your preschooler drive the cars around the map.  (Check out ChalkCity’s great products!)

2.  Trace themselves.

Have your child lay down on the sidewalk and use a piece of chalk to trace around them.  Children can then add details such as hair, clothing, faces, etc.  See how many different poses your children can come up with.

3.  Hopscotch.

Draw a hopscotch game for your children.  They might be able to help draw the squares or the numbers.  Then take turns jumping through the hopscotch.  This is great for teaching numbers as well as helping preschoolers learn to hop.

4.  Draw the Alphabet.

I’m terrible at drawing pictures, so I came up with something I could draw: letters.  My girls had fun singing the alphabet song while I made fancy letters for them.  Your preschooler may be able to help you draw some of the letters or may want to help decorate the letters after you’ve drawn them.  You could also draw letters on your trampoline and have your preschooler bounce on them.

Sidewalk Chalk Alphabet

5.  Make an Obstacle Course.

Use a piece of chalk to draw a path or obstacle course around your sidewalk or playground.  Children can follow the lines and arrows around.  Use symbols to indicate activities (such as a swirl to show that they are supposed to turn in circles, or stars to indicate that they should reach for the stars).  Your preschooler can suggest where the path should go or what activities should be done along the path.  After the path is made, cheer for them as they run or walk through the obstacle course.

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6. Colours and Shapes.

Draw a variety of shapes in a variety of different colours (or have your preschooler do this).  Then play a game where you call the shape name (e.g., “Purple triangle!”) and your preschooler runs to stand on the shape.  You can take a turn too or invite your preschooler’s friends to join in.  This helps children learn their colours and shapes.

Colours and shapes with chalk

7.  Faces and Feelings.

Draw several circles on the ground and then draw simple faces inside—smiley faces, frowny faces, etc.  Talk to your preschooler about how each face might be feeling and why they might feel that way.  Encourage your preschooler to draw some faces too and ask them about their drawings (e.g., “Who are you drawing?  How does she feel?  Why does she feel that way?”).  Enjoy the stories your preschooler tells you.

More Chalk Activities

One of the things I love about sidewalk chalk is that it’s so cheap and yet so versatile.  What activities does your preschooler like to do with a box of sidewalk chalk?

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Bonnie Way is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, mom and wife. She has three daughters, ages five, three, and newborn, who take her to parks and read books with her and help fold laundry. When she's not hanging out with them or working on her computer, she enjoys rock climbing, scrapbooking and reading.

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1 Susan July 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Bonnie, I love these ideas. My girls often play with sidewalk chalk and I’ll definitely try making an obstacle course with them.

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2 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I hope they have fun! It’s a quick, easy way to keep kids entertained.

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3 The Savvy Bump July 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

Great ideas for using sidewalk chalk! You can also do a science experiment by adding vinegar and baking soda to your chalk pictures. It’s a lot of fun!

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4 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

oooh, that’s a great idea! :)

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5 Sandy July 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

These are great ideas, Bonnie! I used to love drawing with chalk in the driveway when I was a kid. I sent our little one outside the other day with a bucket of coloured chalk and was presented with a huge drawing of a monster truck, lol Fun way to spend part of a summer day.

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6 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a paved driveway or sidewalk so I couldn’t do this – so I’m having fun doing it with my girls! :)

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7 Nancy July 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

These are great ideas! We usually do most of these when we bust out the chalk! It is so much fun!

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8 Fariha July 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Great tips. My kids love their chalkboard easel, I’ll have them try drawing on the driveway as well. It’s been ages since they’ve done that.

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9 Jenn July 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Great ideas! My kids love chalk!

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10 Erin July 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for this! I’m pinning it to use this weekend with Max – we’ve been bored stiff this summer with all the rain we’ve had, but this weekend should be nice :)

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11 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Around here we’re waiting for some rain to wash away all our pictures so we can draw some more!!! So the rain can be good if you’ve been busy with chalk. :) Oh, and finding a puddle with chalk is also fun – it turns into chalk paint (for slightly messier fun!).

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12 Laura July 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Love these ideas! We do not have a playset in our yard (we live in an association) so sidewalk chalk is a MUST at our house. It’s great to get some new ideas besides “hey, kids, draw something!”

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13 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

We have a small playset (slide) so chalk helps come up with more things to do, as you say. :) Have fun!

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14 cheryla lister July 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

When I was a kid, we always played hopscotch. Love the “draw around the body idea. Often you can find the big chalks at a dollar store – super economical way to have fun.

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15 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Yes, we watch for chalk on sale or in bulk so that it’s cheaper. :)

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16 Pamela Halligan July 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Growing up in the city, we, of course, had lots of sidewalk and pavement to draw on. My mom would create a game for us that entailed a huge circle and rules similar to hopscotch. We would play for hours. I wish I remembered what she called it.

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17 Bonnie Way July 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

That’s a great idea! There are so many ways to be creative with chalk and use it for other games. :)

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18 Crystal Rose July 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

My daughter loves to play hopscotch and draw rainbows all over the sidewalk.

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19 Summer August 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Can ya give me ideas for sidewalk chalk

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