Sidewalk chalk is a great fun, but there’s more that you can do with it than just play hopscotch.
You can use sidewalk chalk to mark off an area your child is not allowed to enter.
For example, if you are grilling outside, establish a sidewalk chalk perimeter a safe distance from the grill.
This is no substitute for proper supervision, but it does help the child know how close is too close.
Sidewalk chalk is also a fun way to decorate. We used sidewalk chalk to create an elaborate “Welcome Mat” in front of our house when we were expecting guests. We’ve also used sidewalk chalk to decorate flower pots outdoors.
Any game that can be played with paper and pencil can be played with sidewalk chalk, from tic-tac-toe to “connect the dots.”
You can try having one person create a shape or scribble, and having a second person turn that into a drawing.
You can draw an obstacle course and try walking it backward, or riding your bicycle through it.
Children who don’t like to write or draw may suddenly find the prospect much more appealing given sidewalk chalk and your driveway for practice.
The best thing about sidewalk chalk is that it washes away simply and leaves the “canvas” clean for another round of fun.