10 Ways to Make the Most of Summer with Chalk

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by ellen

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Chalk is a great activity for kids. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and provides hours of fun! Here are lots of cool things to do with chalk.

There are so many ways you can use chalk that it can be difficult to decide what you want to do first. Everyone knows that you can color on a chalkboard. But, here are a few more ideas.

a package of sidewalk chalk on the sidebalk

Cool things to do with chalk

So, what can you do with chalk? This blog post will give you some ideas on how to get started, including indoor activities, outdoor activities, and sidewalk games for kids. Whatever you can imagine, you can draw. 

First, don’t forget to grab a box right here so you have lots of colors.

Where to draw with chalk

Don’t think that the chalkboard is the only place that you can use it. You’d be wrong. So, here are just a few more places to get creative with it both inside and out.

Construction paper

Did you know that you can draw with chalk on construction paper? You can. Just try it and see how well it works.

Make a t-shirt

Have you seen these t-shirt kits? They are a great way to get creative.

an open box of chalk

The sidewalk

Sidewalk chalk is cool because it makes all kinds of patterns on the sidewalk with a little practice. Whatever you can imagine, you can draw with your chalk. Colorful designs are always fun to make and look at in the sun.

  • First, draw your design on the concrete. Consider each shape for several seconds.
  • Then, move to another part of the design, if time permits for a completed drawing.
  • Finally, erase once you are done. This much chalk is not very messy and it’s just on the sidewalk anyway!

Porch steps

Just draw simple pictures or phrases on your porch with your sidewalk chalk. It looks cool and if you have time, feel free to add color. Finally, I love having a big box available so there are lots of colors.

Curbs

The sidewalk is only one place to draw with chalk. Draw patterns on the curb. Paint it white first for an easier clean-up! Sidewalks and curbs make great backgrounds for pictures too, just in case you really want a pic of your child’s artwork!

Clearing off the patterns

The driveway is a great place to draw on. You can even paint the driveway first with water-based paints for easier cleanup. You can wait for a rainy day or, hose it off with the garden hose and start again.

a girl drawing on the sidewalk in town

Outdoor activities

So, if it’s a beautiful day outside, why not send the kids out there to have some fun?

Use wet chalk for more fun. Simply take a bucket of water and let your children dip their chalk into it, sketching out something new every few minutes. You can also add food coloring to make colored chalk too! So much fun.

Sidewalk Paintings. This is another great activity for kids who are just learning to draw because it doesn’t require any artistic talent and it’s also really easy! All you need is chalk and a large clear space on your sidewalk.

Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint. To make your own sidewalk chalk paint, all you need is 2 tablespoons of corn starch, 2 tablespoons of water, and 1/2 tablespoon of grated chalk! Next, mix it up and pour it into an old muffin tin. Let your child paint the sidewalk or a piece of paper.

squares colored on the sidewalk

Outdoor games with chalk

Hopscotch. This is one of the most popular games on the sidewalk! All you need are some chalk, a hop-able space, and someone to help draw

Tic Tac Toe and Dot to Dots: Draw tic tac toe and dot to dots on your driveway.

Sidewalk drawings: Draw a picture that someone can step inside to make it look like they are part of the drawing.

Chalk Golf Course: If you have a lot of space, draw out a mini-golf course on the driveway or sidewalk. Use pieces of colored chalk to make flags around each hole and mark your score! The fun thing about this game is that you can play it over and over again on the same course.

Chalk is a great activity for kids. It's inexpensive, easy to find, and provides hours of fun! Here are lots of cool things to do with chalk.

What does wet chalk do?

When you wet your chalk, it changes the texture. It makes the lines thicker and darker. Go ahead and send the kids outside with a bucket of water so they can try.

More fun with common things

Finally, let your kids have fun with a few of these ideas.

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