This summer has had quite a few rainy days already, so when the sun is out we’ve been trying to take advantage of it. I’ve also been taking advantage of W’s current love for sidewalk chalk and coming up with as many sidewalk chalk activities as I can dream up. You can see all of my sidewalk chalk ideas or visit my Sidewalk Chalk Pinterest Board to see what I’ve had in mind.
This week I combined W’s love with sidewalk chalk and toy cars to create some fun traffic lanes!
Sidewalk Chalk Activities: Traffic Lanes
It was simple to grab the chalk from the garage and a handful (or a bucket full) of W’s toy cars. We headed out to the driveway on a gorgeous sunny afternoon.
What you need:
- Sidewalk chalk
- Toy cars
What you do:
- Using lighter colors (they seem to show up better), draw two parallel lines. They can go straight and turn or just go any directions you would like.
- Add a parking lot at the ends of your streets by drawing a box and adding lines to divide parking spaces.
- Use yellow chalk to draw dashed lines down the middle of your traffic lanes.
- Start driving those cars.
It’s really so simple that it doesn’t need directions. The fun part about the whole thing is that after the rain washes away one set of streets, you can create a new set. It’s never the exact same map of traffic lanes so it’s always fresh!
Plus, it only took me a few minutes to draw a few streets and parking lots for W. Of course, he was driving the cars before I could even finish!
We got quite a lot of play out of this set of streets and he is always asking me to draw them again when we go outside. I’m working on teaching him to draw them himself but it will take a bit more practice. But it’s the perfect activity for older and younger kids to do together!
Sidewalk chalk is still one of my absolute favorite things to get out when the weather is nice. Can you believe that I actually don’t like to even touch chalk? The things we do for our kids!
What would you draw with sidewalk chalk for your kids?