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Going outside with my Crayola bucket of sidewalk chalk, was always a highlight of my day as a child. I was probably one of those rare teens that even enjoyed going outside and just sitting on the pavement doodling for hours.
Now that I have kids, I have been fortunate enough to where they enjoy the same activity for hours on end. You would think that after hours every day drawing they would get bored and want to do another activity. NOPE! They have such an activity imagination that they never seem to run out ideas or things to draw.
If you are looking for sidewalk chalk and don’t know which kind to get, I have a few brands that have worked very well for us over the years:
Benefits of Introducing Various Forms of Art to Kids
Art encourages children to use their imagination. They learn to picture something in their minds and reflect those images on paper and begin to understand that what they draw is a representation of something. The imagination has no right or wrong, and drawing can be freeing for a lot of children.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills involve movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. Strong fine motor skills help children manipulate small objects and eventually type, cut, tie, sew and do other complex activities that require working with the small muscles of the hands.
When children draw, they practice hand-eye coordination as well, with activities like copying an object without taking their eyes off it. Children also learn:
- How to learn to push, pull and rotate drawing tools.
- To different consequences of their hand motions.
Are you ready to get outside and get creative? Check out these inspiration ideas below!
25 Awesomely Creative Sidewalk Chalk Ideas
After seeing these photos on Pinterest, and literally two hours on Sunday afternoon, searching for the original creator of these, I found them! If you have checked out the site The Burgh Baby, please do! She has hundreds of these amazing sidewalk chalk art photos on there. We are definitely going to be doing Disney themed chalk art this week!
What kinds of creative things have you or your kids come up with using sidewalk chalk? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and follow on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for more awesome activity ideas!
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.