Sidewalk Chalk Games

Summertime is full of tons of playtime opportunities. Sometimes it’s nice that those playtime opportunities are right in your front or backyard. Sidewalk chalk games are a great way to keep your kiddos thinking during the summer months and also keep them active! You can even do these sidewalk chalk games in the Spring time when it starts to get a little nicer out!

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Play Dough Mats – Alphabet

Play dough mats are a great way to manipulate dough into shapes and also learn a little bit during the process. They’re a great activity for kids who like to learn with their sense of touch. Here is a printable for you with letters of the alphabet and numbers!

alphabet play dough mats - grab your free set here!

I don’t know about you, but my kids love play dough. They love to push and pull the dough to manipulate it into shapes they like. I think most of the time they don’t even have an end game in mind and that’s ok!

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Animal Action Dice

Large motor activities are so important – especially in the winter months when you feel like you’re stuck inside all day. Grab this animal action dice printable and get to moving!

Large motor activity indoors is so important - especially when it's too hot or too cold to get out of the house. Enter this animal action dice. Simple to put together (with a video to show you how) and fun for kids! Includes a blank one so you can add what you'd like. #largemotorindoor #largemotorplay #largemotor #indooractivities #indoorplay #siblingactivities #cooperativeplay #takingturns #turntaking #animalaction #animalactiondice #freeprintable

My kiddos love large motor activities and I love easy large motor activities so this one is a win/win for us. They love acting like animals (making their movements and sounds) so I figured this activity would be perfect for us on a “stuck inside” day.

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2 Ingredient Moon Sand

2 Ingredient moon sand is so ridiculously easy – much like most of my activities you can find here! You probably have the ingredients on hand and it can be made in seconds. Give your kiddo a bowl of it and let them go to town!
2 ingredient sensory moon sand

Ohhh sensory play. Sweet, sweet sensory play.

Just when I think I am going to do an activity that does not involve sensory play, something comes to mind from when I was teaching. And I can’t. Pull. Away.

baby playing with sensory moon sand
Close up of child playing with moon sand in a glass bowl with plastic utensils

When we played with this stuff, Dylan of course turned it into good guys and bad guys (because he’s a boy. And 4 years old). But he asked me to help him roll them into balls so he could cut them open with the plastic utensils I gave him. He also really enjoyed making it with me. He loves to measure things out and count with me. He especially loves pouring the ingredients into the bowl.

Please pay no attention to our outfit choice. He woke up wet so he was running around in a shirt and new dry underwear. I told him if he wanted to go outside, he had to put pants on. So he kept his pajama shirt on. Whatever.

Something that he mentioned during this one though that he never has was how it smelled. I think he really enjoyed the baby oil smell. I also added a few drops of a “Cheer Up Buttercup” essential oil blend. It smelled really good with the baby oil.

We were watching my mom’s dog and my sister’s dog when we did this activity. My mom’s dog really loved eating it. Like, really loved eating it. It was gross. I had to put him inside because he was having way too much fun eating this flour. He’s a strange, strange dog that will pretty much eat anything and will fight you for it. Actually, he’s a lot like Reagan.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baby oil
  • Few drops of essential oil (optional)
Close up of child playing with 2 ingredient moon sand

Mix everything together with a spoon or your hands. I found it a lot easier to control with my hands. If you need it to be a little more wet, just add more baby oil.

smiling baby with moon sand on her face because she tried to eat it

Reagan snacked on it also. I don’t recommend this. I kept taking it out of her mouth and trying to redirect her but it was a lost cause.

I promptly took it away and she got a sippy cup instead.  Obviously she’s bothered by it.

bird's eye view of a glass bowl of moon sand

This was the aftermath – definitely an outside activity.