Chalk Walk & The Art of Playing to Learn
Spring is here and between spring rain storms, we are enjoying the warm spring weather and lovely breeze. Who wants to be stuck indoors learning when they could be out playing scooter, digging in the dirts and exploring nature! With that in mind, our little ones have ventured out doors to play and learn.
After a quick trip to the dollar store were we stocked up on a few containers of sidewalk chalk, we decided to have a good time building learning games on the driveway. The first round, I created bursts of word families. Using a hop-along pony our little one formed words and sounded out words as we raced to each finish line.
After the rain washed this particular game away, created a winding shoots and ladders style learning game. With two pennies, the kids moved forward one space for each head and two for tails. Boxes along the journey had learning activities and exercise ideas for the children to preform. On this track, they used their scooters to navigate the twists and turns.
Since the rain has now washed this game-board, the three are already planning their next chalk walk. This time they want to create a CandyLand style game with creative magical stops along their journey. This is what they’ve come up with so far:
- Mud Swamp
- Magical Room of Potions
- Candy Flower Garden
- Troll Bog
Activities along their path::
- Rhyming Words
- Beginning Sounds
- Rubber band words (stretching word sounds)
- Simple Math Problems
- Hopping on one leg
- Other Work Outs
Let us know what other creative ideas you’d like us to consider! Or, do you have a picture of your own chalk walk? We’d love to see!