Unplugged Play: sidewalk chalk


After a long winter, the kids and I were thrilled that the Easter Bunny brought a glorious warm and sunny weekend with him.

Spring has been around for a few weeks, at least according to the calendar, but it certainly hasn”t felt like it at our house.  In fact, this time last week we were enduring a snowfall that made March one for the record books.

Hooray for changing seasons! Last weekend was gorgeous and sunny and we, of course, headed outdoors to celebrate!

Jackets were shed, sunglasses were donned, and one of our favorite sunny weather unplugged play toys came out:  the sidewalk chalk.

I bet it is one of your family”s favorite unplugged play toys, too.


While the tween might need a bit of encouragement to play and the toddler might need a bit of supervision to ensure she doesn”t eat it, playing with sidewalk chalk is a good unplugged play activity for all ages and stages in our family right now, grown ups included.



Need a little more direction?

  • Have your child lie down and outline their body and then have them fill it in
  • Draw a map of your town, house, or neighborhood
  • Invent your own world!  Draw a map – what cool things will be there?
  • Create a racetrack for cars
  • Draw a chalk barn yard for animal toys
  • Hopscotch
  • Giant tic tac toe

The next time you”re blessed with a sunny day, unplug, head outdoors, and create some sidewalk chalk art.

Head over here for more simple unplugged play ideas.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. My kids love playing with sidewalk chalk. It really is one of the simplest things to give them outside to play with…that and bubbles 🙂 It still is a little chilly here (I’m not sure winter is ever going to let go!), but I am hoping that with April comes warmer weather!
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  2. Last summer we had a sidewalk chalk day that stretched past sunset. My daughter (8 at the time) and her friend made “the worlds longest hopscotch”, as they thought of it. It went the whole way down our streets sidewalk. It included dinosaurs, bridges, rivers, spooky parts, etc. and the squares were numbered into the 200’s! It was magical.
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  3. We love sidewalk chalk! Thank you for the great ideas!

  4. We love and adore sidewalk chalks… I can’t say that enough!!! We make them at least once a week in the summer!!! You might enjoy our post on sidewalk chalk activities: http://www.se7en.org.za/2011/05/20/se7en-sidewalk-chalk-activities
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  5. We also broke out the sidewalk chalk this weekend! It’s an Easter Tradition (as is doing it in our winter coats). We like to tell stories comic-book style. I draw the first picture…all the way down the sidewalk!


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