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Four Sidewalk Chalk Games To Play With Preschoolers

By Keren Perles

Have chalk? Will have fun! These sidewalk chalk games will give your child hours of fun – using nothing more than a few pieces of chalk and a bare sidewalk.

Pinecone Tic Tac Toe

One of the games to play with sidewalk chalk is the classic tic-tac-toe. Use a piece of chalk to draw a tic tac toe board. Collect several pinecones and several sticks to use as markers. Offer your child her choice of markers, and take the others for yourself. Then take turns tossing your markers at the tic tac toe board. If a marker lands on an occupied space, the throwing gets another chance. This game is much more suspenseful than the pen-and-looseleaf version, so remember to congratulate each other on winning each game!

Invisible Balance Beam

If you have a budding gymnast, he probably loves to walk on the balance beam. Create your own “invisible balance beam” at home by drawing a straight line on the sidewalk. Surprisingly enough, he’ll likely enjoy walking on an invisible balance beam just as much. And best of all, there’s nowhere for him to fall.

Target Practice

Draw a target on a stone or brick wall with large areas worth different numbers of points. Remember to take your child’s throwing abilities into account when drawing the target. Then challenge your child to rack up the points – or take a few shots alongside her to show her how it’s really done.

Car Playground

Does your child love to play with cars and other vehicles? Let him bring his hobby outside and have even more fun with this car playground. Use the chalk to draw roads, buildings, airports, or other structures. Then let him drive his cars around the roads to his heart’s content. If he enjoys playing with dolls or figurines, he can also create schools, stores, or other areas for the characters to visit.

Games to play with sidewalk chalk are a great way to get your children outside and moving in the summer, and they’re inexpensive and fun at the same time. Most of thesegames will help develop your child's hand-eye coordination, balance, and imagination. Try a few games today, and watch your children learn and play at once.