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7 Sidewalk Games for Kids

2013-05-03 by Julie Kieras
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These sidewalk games and activity ideas are provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com.

Looking for a fun outdoor activity?  Sidewalk games are a classic (no cost!) activity all kids can enjoy on their own, or with friends! Here are 7 sidewalk games that you can play virtually anywhere.

Items to gather:

Now…let the games begin!

1) Cone Maze – Create a twisty path for kids to run through and around to get to the end. Instruct kids to run to the outside of all the cones. This works well with bikes (if placed far enough apart) or toy vehicles that can roll through.

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.
2) Cone Color Tag – Spread out the different colored cones across a larger area, placing the cones far apart. Call out a color and have kids run to tag the correct cone. The last one to reach a cone is out (with two cones of each color this makes for some interesting choices!).

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.

3) Leapfrog – Many variations of this game can be played: Choose to hop over cones by color,  or as part of an obstacle course.

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.

4) Ring toss – Draw a series of throwing lines with various point levels. It’s exciting to watch children challenge themselves to succeed at farther and farther distances.

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.

5) Chalk Gardens – Fill your driveway with a garden full of flowers, petals, vines, ladybugs, trees, and more! Every child can draw a little something to fill the garden!

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.

6) Hopscotch – Color, count, and jump! This is a classic game that can have many variations depending on what age your child is. (And go ahead, you know you want to play, too!)

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.

7) Tracing – Create all sorts of interesting shapes and figures by tracing the activity cones, toys, rocks and other items around the yard onto the sidewalk! They can even trace each other! Tracing is a great pre-writing skill and a never ending delight for young children. (Click here for 5 more pre-writing skill builders for kids.)

7 Sidewalk Games for Kids *Get kids outside for active and creative play with a set of 8 Melissa & Doug activity cones and colorful durable sidewalk chalk.

Sidewalk games offer children an opportunity to soak up the sunshine, stretch their legs, and get creative. Sometimes you don’t even have to make up games for them: Just give them some materials and see what happens.

Safety Tips!

Help your children understand the importance of safety when playing on the sidewalk with these tips:

– Use cones to set up a visible “no cross line” in your driveway.

– Draw a big stop sign after the cones to remind kids to STOP and not run out into the street (hint, if you have your child draw the line or stop sign as you discuss not going into the street, it might help them remember why it’s there!).

What are your favorite sidewalk games? We love when you share photos with us on Instagram of your child’s outdoor playtime, using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!

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Julie Kieras

Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow deep in Play Dough, or behind the pages of a book. She blogs about her family life at HappyStrongHome.com.

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