Do you ever think to yourself, “My childhood memories are so different than what my children’s childhood memories will be?” And, while it’s not really a matter of which memories are better, do you sometimes wish that your children had some of the same experiences that you did as a child? I know I do.
iPads and video games are great, but some of my fondest memories as a child come from the hours I spent playing outside. I remember games of kickball and flashlight tag and hide-n-go-seek.
I also remember getting a brand-new box of chalk each spring. There was something so great about getting that new box of chalk (almost as great as the new box of crayons at the beginning of the school year) and heading outside to draw and play chalk games with my friends.
Maybe it’s time to teach our kiddos about the pleasures of a new box of chalk and some of the great games you can play!
All the kids in my neighborhood used to play Four Square. In fact, we played for hours on end…I think we could’ve been Olympic Four Square players. We were so careful when we drew our square – trying very hard to make sure the square was truly a square. If your children have never played a game of Four Square – now’s the time to introduce them to this classic game.
Another classic playground game that is fun to create with chalk is hopscotch. Hopscotch is excellent because it can be played solo or with a group of children. It also helps with balance and coordination. (Hmmm…maybe I should still be playing this.) And, kids can get creative and make their hopscotch “boards” as simple or as complex as they like.
Do you remember playing this as a child? Often you played it on paper where you had rows upon rows of dots, and you had to connect the dots with a line, in hopes of eventually connecting your lines to create a box. The person with the most boxes was the winner. This one can definitely be done outside with some chalk!
Doesn’t every child love water balloons? How about having them throw them at a large target drawn in chalk? When the target gets washed away – just draw another one!
And don’t forget about the simple things such as a game of tic tac toe or drawing roads for Matchbox cars to travel on. Or, have them trace their outlines! Chalk allows for creativity – and super easy cleanup as it’s gone with the next rain shower.
Your local dollar store probably has some chalk hiding somewhere near the art supplies, or you can pick up one of these cool personalized sidewalk chalk buckets. The chalk buckets are fantastic if you have multiple children as they can help prevent fighting over whose is whose and provides the perfect storage for chalk! (I also just have to share the super fun chalk in silly shapes available like Lego Men Robots and Smoothie Sidewalk Chalk. Wouldn’t they be great for birthday parties?)
If you’re looking for a way to get your child outdoors and off the electronics this spring – try some chalk. You may be surprised by how much fun they’ll have with a colorful box of chalk. You can introduce them to some games to play or just let their imagination run wild.