Sidewalk chalk is a summer staple and finding games that entertain my 3 and 5 year old children outside is golden! These low prep outside chalk games can be created in a matter of seconds and played for hours. It’s a win-win!
5 Sidewalk chalk games for kids
The only materials needed for these games include sidewalk chalk, backyard toys, and nature.
1. The Color Game
This game is as simple as using sidewalk chalk to draw 8 different colored circles. I typically do rainbow order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white circle. Now, simply sit your butt on a chair and watch the magic happen. Instruct the kids to run around the yard looking for things to fill in each color specific circle. There is one very important rule. The game is not won until there are at least 8 items in each circle. Warn the kids that this might take awhile.
To allow more kids to play, either make the colored circles bigger or add multiple circles of each color. Oh and I always tell the kids that anything outside is fair game, but bringing things from inside is not allowed.
2. Shape game
The shape game is perfect for the toddler crowd. Now that my son is 5, he enjoys directing the game and telling the younger ones which shape to find. For a classroom of toddlers either make each shape larger or add more than one of each shape.
3. Sidewalk ABC’s
This chalk game is as simple as drawing each letter of the alphabet on the sidewalk and having kids draw an item that starts with that letter. The game is not over until every letter has an item. I recommend popsicles as prizes! This game is perfect for a classroom or birthday party since multiple kids can spread out over the entire sidewalk.
It’s like hopscotch, but better! Pro tip: Make the obstacle course go in a circle! For a bigger group, consider making 2 of the exact same obstacle courses next to each other and have relay races! Here are a few ideas for the chalk obstacle course:
- Leap like a frog to lily pads
- Skip/tip toe down a squiggly line
- Hop over a pile of rocks
- Walk backwards on a straight line
- Follow the paw prints
- Crab walk through 2 straight lines
- Jump spin
5. Scavenger hunt
You don’t need a fancy chalkboard to make this game happen, use the concrete! Simply write a list of 3-20 things for kids to find in nature. The first kid or team to bring back all of the items wins! A few ideas for the nature scavenger hunt include:
- Black rock
- Rolly polly
- 1 stick longer than your arm
- 1 pink flower
- Heart shaped rock
Have you ever played any of these chalk games? I’d love to hear more fun, easy games you play with your kids or classroom!