15 Crazy-Cool Ways Kids Can Learn With Sidewalk Chalk

Get them outside and practicing reading, math, and more.

Sidewalk Chalk Activities

Sidewalk chalk is having, shall we say, a moment. With families stuck at home and kids looking for things to do, it’s a great creative outlet for kids and grown-ups, too! Plus, there are a ton of educational sidewalk chalk activities. Check out some of our favorites below!

Psst … trying to find sidewalk chalk? It’s sold out almost everywhere! We recommend the Crayola brand, and we’ve had the best luck finding it at Target. 

1. Create a movement path

This is hopscotch taken to the next level. Kids can practice their gross movement skills using a chalk-drawn movement path. You can also work those creativity muscles by getting them involved in the creation of the path. Even better? Watching friends and neighbors use the path, too.

2. Tell a story

Think of the sections in your sidewalk as panels in a comic book, and get to work! Invite kids to tell a story frame by frame, as shown in the example above. 

3. Poll your neighbors

One smart family in my neighborhood has been setting up a new sidewalk chalk poll every day. The question above was “What’s your favorite fruit?” Passers-by vote with chips the family sanitizes each night. Math in action!

4. Practice the alphabet

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Sidewalk chalk and learning the alphabet go hand in hand. In the example above, the parent had her child pour water over each letter as she said it out loud. You could also do an alphabet scavenger hunt and have kids place items beginning with each letter on top of the chalk version. 

5. Play a giant game of Chutes and Ladders

How fun is this? And what other classic board games could you recreate in chalk? Check out this list of ideas.

6. Make a sidewalk chalk calculator

Kids can hop from square to square to practice solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.

7. Or try a giant hundreds chart

There are so many fun ways to use a hundreds chart, and a giant chalk version is even more fun. Check out this list for inspiration.

8. Share a joke

Jokes help kids to practice non-literal thinking and figurative language. Plus, they’re fun and will keep your neighbors laughing.

9. Talk about shapes

Lots of possibilities here! Have kids practice drawing their own shapes, match shapes from nature with the sidewalk shapes, and more!

10. Play with shadows

Invite kids to draw a sidewalk backdrop for a pretend journey or dream. Their imagination is the limit on this one!

13. Make a map

Try drawing a map of your block, neighborhood, or school. You can extend the learning by talking about the cardinal directions (north, east, south, and west).

14. Find your way through a maze

Little ones can go through a parent-designed maze; big kids can make their own!

15. Design your own mini golf

A STEM challenge and an afternoon outdoors? We’ll take it! 

We’d love to hear! What are your favorite sidewalk chalk activities for kids? Please share below in the comments!

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15 Crazy-Cool Ways Kids Can Learn With Sidewalk Chalk

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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