The summer months are coming up, and as the weather warms, kids will want to stay outside longer. Using sidewalk chalk to play hopscotch, tic tac toe, or four square has become summer traditions. But if you’re looking for new ways to put that sidewalk chalk to good use, here are some ideas that will keep your kids’ creative juices flowing:
This one can be a lot of fun, especially if your child loves art. Have your child bring a mirror outside with them or their favorite photo of themselves. Using the variety of colors in the chalk box, tell them to sketch out a self portrait. For even more fun (and laughs), make it a family affair and have each person do their own portraiture.
Vacations might’ve been put on hold due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean your child can’t create some fun backgrounds for an imaginary vacation! Encourage your kids to draw their favorite place — from a beach to the moon to Cinderella’s castle. The larger the background, the better. When they’re done, have them lay down in front of the drawing and use it as a backdrop. (Don’t worry! The chalk should wash off of clothes with a damp rag.)
Long jump contest
If your children are competitive, challenge them to a long jump contest. Use the chalk to mark whenever their feet touch the ground. Longest jump wins!
Practice your aim by drawing elaborate chalk targets on the ground. Think of it like a DIY Top Golf course for your kids! Assign point values to different holes, tricky shots or specific distances. Use cornhole bags or other weighted, durable toys to make the shots. The less bouncy the better!
For many, the last year and a half has been tough. A little bit of kindness can go a long way. If you live in a neighborhood where people frequently walk, encourage your kids to use the chalk to write out uplifting words to your neighbors.
At Lake Forrest Prep, a little creativity can go a long way. We believe that creativity can be fostered inside and outside the classroom. If you’re looking for a school that will encourage your children to tap into their creativity, try Lake Forrest Prep — a leading private school in Orlando. For more tips on enhancing your child’s education, check out our blog.