Sidewalk Chalk Games
30 Games to Play with Sidewalk Chalk
Listed are our favorite games, activities and ideas to do with sidewalk
chalk. Keep kids busy and having fun during the summertime or as
an activity for a birthday party. Playing games and drawing with
sidewalk chalk is fun for all ages of children. For easy reference
keep this page bookmarked, print it out, or write the ideas on index
cards to pick out of a box at random.
Sidewalk Chalk Games - all games require an assortment of sidewalk chalk
and a flat hard surface such as a driveway or sidewalk on which to draw.
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You will need small rocks or buttons for markers. The object of
hopscotch is to move from the start square to the end of the hopscotch
board and back again. You can only have one foot in one square and
you have to jump OVER the square with the rock in it.
Draw a hopscotch board. The first player takes their rock and
throws it on the first square marked with a "1". Then jump over
the "1" square to the "2" square and continue hopping down to the end of
the hopscotch board.
At the end the player must turn by jumping
and turning in the air to land with one foot in the last square(s). They
then hop back towards the front of the board - when you get to the
square with the rock they must hop in that square with one foot and pick
up the rock. Then continue to the front of the board.
If at any time the player hops on a line, misses the target square when
throwing the rock or loses their balance their turn is over. If
while throwing the rock it lands on a line then the player loses their
turn. For older children: once the kids have mastered the
hopscotch game add a twist by writing instructions in some of the
squares that they must do before they can move on such as: hop three
times, spin around twice, switch feet, hop backwards, etc.
Body Outline Trace
Have the kids lay down in different
positions on the concrete
and then draw around their shapes. Then let them fill and color
the outline with their face, features and clothes. Give them a
theme such as beach, formal, summer day, winter day, farmers, etc.
Print out several pictures of different famous art masterpieces that
have simple lines and shapes. Give each child a different
masterpiece and ask them to make a bigger version of the art with their
sidewalk chalk. After they are finished take a picture with
the original artwork in the picture. Variation: Chalk out a large
rectangle and then divide it into 4, 6 or 8 equal parts. Cut the
art picture into as many pieces as you divided the rectangle into and
assign each art piece with a part of the rectangle. Have the
children draw one part of the masterpiece. When they are done take
a picture and see how close they came to the original.
Make or buy stencils of different sizes and shapes. Have the kids
place the stencil on the ground and color in the stencil.
Use cardboard shapes you've cut out in different shapes or have the kids
trace around objects such as buckets, hoses, chairs, boxes, etc.
Have the children color in a large rectangle (4 x 6 feet) with different
colors of sidewalk chalk. Then fill small squirt bottles with
water and place the nozzle to "stream". Let the kids spray the
rectangle with water to create a picture.
This game is simple enough for younger children and can also challenge
older kids as they learn to use strategy to win. Draw a very large
square about 10 feet x 10 feet. Divide the large square into a
grid 10 spaces wide x 10 spaces deep. You can make the initial
large square smaller, but the grid spaces need to be big enough for kids
to stand inside them. Give each player a piece of chalk and assign
them a corner to start. The first player will move to a connecting
square and then cross out the square that they came from with their
color chalk. Players take turns moving from one square to
the next crossing out boxes as they go. After a box is crossed out
no one can step in that box again for the entire game. If a player
is stuck and cannot move they must forfeit their turn. The
winner is the one who can move last after all the players are “stuck”.
Use the same grid over and over by using an X to cross out the squares
for the first round, an O for the second round and color in the square
for the third game.
This game is a lot of fun! Draw a large circle (about 12 inches) on the ground
and then draw a very large spiral board on the concrete starting at the
circle and spiraling out to look like a snails shell. The spirals
of the snail shell need to be about 8 - 12" apart. Make 3 or 4
large spirals around the center circle. Divide the spirals into
spaces about 12 - 14" apart and number them. The first
player hops on one foot from the center circle to the outside and back.
If they make it without stepping of a line or losing their balance they
can use sidewalk chalk to mark ANY space they want with their initials.
No one is able to jump on that space the rest of the game. The
next player must hop on one foot from the center and back but must jump
over the space that is marked with initials. If they make it then
they may write their initials on any square they choose.
This is a simple game, but it gets crazy when kids have to hop all the
way across the board to an empty space near the end of the game.
The person with the most initialed squares wins.
Human Board Game
Draw a large game board on the ground using sidewalk chalk and the kids
are the playing pieces and move themselves around the board. Start
by drawing a giant size oval or rectangle game board. Divide
the game board into pieces that are large enough for kids to stand in.
In some of the spaces write instructions on what they have to do when
they land on that space. Some fun examples are: Move back 3
spaces, Jump up and down until your next turn, Go ahead 2 spaces, Cluck
like a chicken until your next turn, Dance in your square until your
next turn, Sing “Happy Birthday”, Change places with any player, Go back
to Start, Go to any square on the board, etc. You can use regular
dice or decorate a large square box with construction paper to use as
Have the children draw portraits of each other with their sidewalk
chalk. When they are done have them draw frames around their
pictures and/or have the object of the portrait lay down next to their
portrait and take a picture.
Have the children draw pictures of what is right in front of them - a
picture of their house, car, backyard, street, etc.
Draw pictures of a bug parade. Draw large ladybugs, grasshoppers
and beetles one right after the other like they are parading across the
Draw a huge flower garden with different colors of large flowers,
leaves, bugs, worms, etc.
Draw a picture of your city using sidewalk chalk. Include your
house, streets and landmarks that the kids are familiar with in your
Have the kids draw a bird's eye view of your backyard with their
sidewalk chalk. Include the shape of their house, car, swing set,
bushes, sidewalk, etc.
Draw a sidewalk chalk treasure map. Let the kids draw a treasure
map of the yard and how to get to a hidden treasure using broken chalk
lines on the map. After they draw the map let them hide a small
treasure for other children to find.
Under the Sea
Have everyone contribute to an under the sea picture. Include
water, sand, underwater plants, fish, sharks, whales, starfish, waves,
Sidewalk Chalk Rainbow
Use 7 colors of sidewalk chalk to draw a huge rainbow. Include a
pot of gold at the end!
Tic Tac Toe
Draw a tic tac toe board with sidewalk chalk on the ground. Draw a
line about 2 feet from the board that the kids will have to stand
behind. Using beanbags or rocks have the players one at a time
throw their markers onto the board trying to make a tic tac toe.
Sidewalk Chalk Maze
Draw a large maze on the ground that kids have to maneuver through on
their bikes, scooters or on foot.
Draw a large circle target of the ground with sidewalk chalk.
Divide the circle into sections and give each section a point value.
Draw a line about 7 feet from the target and have children throw bean
bags or rocks onto the target. Tally up the score and the child
with the most points after 3 round wins.
Connect the Dots
Draw a simple outline of a familiar object such as a tree, house,
flower, etc. using only dots. Let the kids use sidewalk chalk to
connect the dots and find out what picture the dots make.
Draw a large
square (over 10‘ wide) and divide it into 4 equal squares. Number
the squares going clockwise 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then draw a diagonal line in square 1
because it will be the serving line. The player in square 1 serves by bouncing the ball in his square and then
hitting the ball into any of the other squares. Players have to allow the
ball to bounce one time in their square before they hit it into another
players square. Players can be eliminated from the game by
hitting the ball out of bounds, letting the ball bounce more then once
in their square, hitting the ball more then once during their turn or
holding or catching the ball. Players that are eliminated leave
their space and join the players on the sideline. All remaining
players on the court move up to the next highest square and a new player
from the sidelines moves to the lowest square (4 is the lowest).
The winner is the one who can stay in the #1 square the longest without
Draw a large rectangle about 2 feet wide and 10 feet long. Divide
the rectangle into 5 equal sections - number the sections 1 - 5.
Draw a line about two feet from the #1 section. Two players stand
behind the line. One of the players takes a ball and tries to
throw it so it bounces in the #5 space. After they throw the ball
the other player races to the end of the rectangle and tries to catch
the ball before it bounces in the square. If the first player
successfully throws the ball so it bounces in the #5 square without
touching a line or getting caught by the other player they get to try
and throw the ball to the #4 square. When the first player misses
mark which square they were in and then it is the other players turn to
try. If the second player during a round catches the ball before
it bounces in the square it becomes their turn.
Draw lots of oval shapes on the ground and let children fill in the
heads with eyes, noses, hair, mouths, ears, hats, etc.
Research several animals and find out what their paw prints look like.
Using sidewalk chalk draw the footprints / paw prints so that they go up
and down the driveway and sidewalks. Some fun animals footprints
to draw are elephants, ducks, cats, horses and dinosaurs.
Lily pad Jump
Draw different sizes of green lily pads on the concrete making sure the
distance between them are different distances apart. Ask kids to
jump across the "pond" by only standing on the lily pads.
Draw large rectangles on the ground ( draw as many as the number of
children who will be playing)and give each child sidewalk chalk.
Ask them to start drawing a picture in their space. Set a timer
for 5 minutes and when time is up have the children rotate to another
rectangle and have them draw on that space. Continue until all the
artists have had a chance to color on all the rectangles.
Sidewalk Chalk Message
Draw a message with large letters to a family member or friend.
Make a Mother's or Father's day card, birthday message or just a great
way to say I love you. Remember to take a picture for your
Players make one continuous line with side walk chalk and another player
has to follow the line. The first player takes a piece of sidewalk
chalk and begins to draw a continuous line with it making circles and
squiggles as they go. The second player must try and follow the
chalk line by walking or running on the line. Simple, but lots of
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