When I think of summer, sidewalk chalk immediately comes to mind. While I’m not a huge fan of touching or using chalk, my son absolutely adores it! I’ve been working on introducing him to some new sidewalk chalk games so that we can do more than make the paths he likes to make.
The teacher in me is always looking for ways for him to learn while we play. Luckily, with a new box of chalk, it’s pretty easy to come up with games for little ones that also help them practice skills like letters, numbers, and colors.
W was especially happy to play a sorting game with me after we drew circles and named all the colors!
Sidewalk Chalk Games: Sorting By Color
We have tons of chalk laying around. Seriously, it’s everywhere. In the fort of the playset, in the garage, in the shed, and sometimes a few pieces even try to sneak inside the house! Luckily all we need to practice sorting by color is some chalk and some random things from around our yard.
What you need:
- Sidewalk chalk in different colors
- Small toys, items from nature, extra pieces of chalk, and other items of different colors
What you do:
- Draw different colored circles on your driveway or sidewalk. (You can play a color identification game first!)
- Collect items to sort.
- Sort items into matching color circles.
W started by sorting all of the pieces of chalk. But then he went and gathered up a bunch of cars. It was fun watching him figure out where to place cars that had more than one color featured on them. We sorted balls from the backyard, rocks, and even gardening tools!
I did have to put an end to the game when he wanted to go pick flowers from the neighbor’s yard to put in our color circles!
It’s a simple game but helps reinforce color names. It also helps develop sorting skills that are so important for little ones when they get to school. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!