With spring upon us, it’s time to get some fresh air and take some learning outside. At least at my house, that is why spring means. And that means its time to break out that fresh box of sidewalk chalk on those pretty dry spring days and learn outside.
This spring, if you want to have some learning built into your outdoor time, consider these 6 learning games you can do with sidewalk chalk.
#1 – Preschool ABC Practice. Consider having your little one work on his letter recognition with sidewalk chalk. You or an older sibling can write the letters on the sidewalk, or they can write or trace them. Then call out a letter and have your little one jump to the letter. Or maybe tell them to to stop with one foot on the letter. Either way, have a little fun with letter recognition.
#2 – Simple math. Write several numbers, or all between 1-10 or 1-20, and then call out a math problem and have them hop from number to number calling out the problem and then hopping to the solution. Or just have your kids practice math facts on the sidewalk. Or call out a problem and have them write the answer. A little mental math is always good!
#3 – Multiplication Times Tables. If you have a child working on memorizing the math facts/times tables, sidewalk chalk can be a great way to mix up ways of practicing their math facts. He can even do different colors to make it fun!
#4 – Diagram Sentences. If you worked on sentence diagramming or even just parsing this year, you don’t want to go the whole summer without practicing so sidewalk chalk can be a fun way. you can dictate a sentence that your child can write then parse and/or diagram in a second color.
#5. Spelling work practice. If you are working through spelling words, this summer consider practicing them with chalk. Writing the spelling words in chalk is just one more way to work through spelling words not just sitting at the table. If you have more than one child consider races.
#6. Art Fun. if you are studying art over the summer, or famous artists during the year, challenge your children to do an art project with chalk to imitate a famous artist or a type of art. This can be a fun way to get art buy-in from your boys who bauk at art.
Overall, sidewalk chalk can be a great way to keep learning over the spring all while getting some much needed fresh air. With just a little creativity, you can find fun ways to bring learning time outside and with sidewalk chalk. Your kids might even have fun with learning this spring.