I remember spending A LOT of time outdoors as a kid. Our neighbourhood was full of kids so we were always out playing hide-and-seek, playing catch or causing a ruckus in someone’s backyard. Thankfully my daughter also loves to be outside. Our front yard is your typical suburban postage stamp of a yard and the back yard is, to put it nicely, the dog’s domain.
So we have to be creative with the space that we have and one of our favourite things is chalk. Here is a list of a few different games you can play with the kids.
Put a different spin on it and have the kids throw a stone to see what box they can put their X or O in. Or try this version called Tic-Tac-Oh No!
It’s a classic. Enough said!
3- Draw Shadows
Draw the outline of a shadow then colour it in. When the sun or the object moves you’ll have captured its shadow.
4- TV Tag for Tots
Who didn’t love TV Tag as a kid? Trying to stump your friends with the initials of your favourite TV shows. In this version you can help kids learn to spell. Use small words that young kids can recognize. Draw a TV on the ground. One person is “it” and writes the word then chases whoever says the correct word. If the guesser gets back to the TV without being caught, the other person is still “it”. If they get caught, they now become writer. It may help to have an adult to help with the spelling. This game also works really well in the sand since you can erase whatever you wrote in the TV.
You can even attempt to make your own sidewalk chalk. Check out the recipe here.
Great ideas from momstown Ottawa.