I don’t know about your kids – but mine comes home from school tired of sitting in a desk and following specific directions. Don’t let the open ended playtime of summer end – continue the fun after school with “chalk challenges.”
It seems like I am forever trying to think of fun ways to provide them with open ended activities that encourage them to use their creativity, be outside, and really – just be kids. I think we have hit upon a real winner. This project is open ended, can be connected to any story, allows for all ages to have fun while participating (the teddy bears in the top picture were drawn by a 3 year old, two 6 year olds, a 7 year old, and a 9 year old.)
All you need is some space on a driveway or sidewalk and some chalk.
The challenge works like this…
1. You call a theme
like Teddy Bears
or sea life, or jungle, or things in a restaurant, or food… you get the idea.
2. Everyone draws a picture relating to that theme.
Yes, that is it. Pure genius! The kids worked for a good while, admire each others work, took some ideas and expanded their own drawing. Lucky for my neighbors – the rain washes it away and we can make them some new “art” to look at another day!
If you have tried this once – expand on the idea with next weeks challenge…
- Encourage the kids to write a saying for their illustration
- See if they can draw a real-life and/ or pretend animal
- Add a bucket of water and let them dip the chalk in first. This will make the chalk brighter, but will also use the chalk up faster.
- Let them decide on the theme
- Have them work in pairs to create one picture
Chelsey Marashian says
Love the chalk challenge! My oldest just started Kindergarten, and I didn't realize how kind of crazy those after school afternoons could be! LOL I've been trying to come up with open-ended fun for her to do once she gets home, and this chalk challenge is perfect! Thank you!
Thank you also for sharing our science activity roundup this week!
Natalie F says
That's a very fun project for a big group! It looks like you have plenty of kids to participate 🙂 So excited to rejoin Afterschool as a co-host again 🙂
Yes – the afternoon moodies come out in our house! What is great about chalk challenges, is that you can have them create something to connect with what they are learning about at school. If the letter of the week is G – then you can try and draw as many things that start with the letter G on your driveway!
It is fun activity for my kiddos (3 of them) and when we have friends over!!! Glad to have you co-hosting again!!!!
I love the idea of a cha;k challenge and especially keeping open ended play going after summer.