There is no better way to spend a sunny summer day than with your family enjoying some play and laughter at home. One of our favorite activities is to get out the sidewalk chalk and draw our own games and activities. Here's five fun driveway play ideas for you to test out with your kids!
1. Name Hopscotch
Hopscotch is such a classic game, but why not add a fun play based learning twist to it!? Draw out a hopscotch style grid and get your child to write their name in the squares. This is awesome letter formation practice, as well as good fine and gross motor development. As they play the game they can shout out the letters each time they hop on them!
If you want to make this activity even more challenging, do an entire alphabet hopscotch! That should keep the whole family busy for a good hour!
2. Action Lines
This idea is so simple, but always brings a smile to our kids' faces. Simply choose a few different colors of chalk and work as a family to draw different types of lines. For example you can do straight, curved or zig-zag lines. Then, decide what method of movement has to be done on each line. Kids will love being super creative with this!
We had a blast racing along the action lines in different ways. Our eldest came up with the idea to do animal movements along the lines... let's just say our neighbors gave us some pretty strange looks!
3. Time Trials
Are your kids competitive? Ours are too and this activity was perfect for channeling their energy, and learning some math at the same time! We chose to set this up as a bike time trial but you could do running, scooting, rollerblading, etc. We all grabbed some chalk and drew out a cool trial track on the driveway (yes this nearly broke Mom and Dad's backs!). The kids then took it in turns to race around the track as fast as they could while Mom and Dad timed them.
Not only was this a great physical workout, but it also challenged the kids to work on their number recognition and formation. Understanding the concept of lower numbers being faster and therefore better was not easy for our youngest. This was a hands on way to get him understanding the concept of speed and time.
4. Target Throw
Ok, so maybe Mom and Dad got a little too competitive with each other on this one but it was so much fun. We simply drew out several styles of target zones using the chalk and then enjoyed using different balls and toys to play a game with. The first one we did was just circular targets and pom poms. It sounds easy but pom poms are hard to throw accurately! Adding points to the target zones provided a fun Math link too, and made things a little competitive!
The second one was requested by our vehicle mad son. We drew out a little runway and had to throw styrofoam planes to land on the runway. This one was fun for the whole family (especially Dad!).
Finally we drew some straight lines and worked in pairs to try and roll balls along the line the whole way to our partner. This was surprisingly hard to do! You can add an extra challenge by trying to kick the ball along the line.
All three of these games are great for developing fine and gross motor skills, as well as coordination.
5. Level Games
We've tested out a few different games using cones to make levels. We actually used tape instead of chalk, but sidewalk chalk would definitely work too. The first activity was a really fun jumping levels game. The level lines got further apart as you progressed, meaning you had to jump further and further to reach the higher levels. It's always fun to get physically active with your kids and this was a great way to do that. Our second game was a parking level game where the parking spaces got smaller and smaller, requiring you to be better at squeezing the bike into a tight spot. Our kids love riding their bikes so this one was a real hit!
You can change these level games to suit your child's preferences. You can hop instead of jumping levels, or use a scooter instead of a bike. Go with whatever will motivate your kids to join in.
We hope you feel inspired to get outside and hit the driveway with your kids! You'll be amazed at the ideas they come up with for their own games and activities!
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