W’s current obsession is sidewalk chalk. He has gotten a few boxes recently and likes to carry every piece he owns around in a bucket. We spend a lot of time outside drawing with his chalk but recently I wanted to teach him more sidewalk chalk games that he could play.
With little ones, finding ways to practice basic skills while still “playing” is pretty easy. Using sidewalk chalk is a great way to incorporate learning letters, numbers, and colors into play time while encouraging creativity!
Plus it’s really easy to get kids of all ages involved!
Sidewalk Chalk Games: Color Identification
If you’ve got a pack of sidewalk chalk then you’re ready to play this easy color identification game!
What you need:
- Sidewalk chalk in different colors
- Open space to draw
What you do:
- Use each color sidewalk chalk to draw a circle on your driveway or sidewalk. I recommend making the circles big enough for kids feet to fit!
- Call out each color name and encourage your child to jump to that color.
- Make the game a bit more challenging by describing the colors you want your child to identify. For example, “the color of grass” for the color green.
- Get older children involved with the younger kids by having them call colors or give clues.
You can also do patterning activities with your colored circles. Call our your pattern and then have your child jump to the next color in the sequence. For example, “red, blue, red, _______” as child jumps from red to blue and back to red. Then they should jump to blue.
Getting outside is great for kids who love being outdoors. Using a large space and making the circles big allows children who love to move to really get some energy out while reviewing (or learning) their colors.
I’m pretty sure W would have let me call colors for hours if I could keep up!