Chalk is great fun for your little kids but don’t rule out the big kids with this outdoor activity! Teens can come up with some beautiful sidewalk art…You can give them a theme or just hand over the bucket of sidewalk chalk and see what they create. I have seen small cities, animals and even an outline/drawing of a sibling on the driveway! if your big kid thinks this is for babies, challenge him, get out of the way and encourage a competition. This is one that they can do over and over so save the pieces.
The developmental benefits include: handwriting and drawing, creating from scratch and using that good ‘ol God given imagination. Creating art on a sidewalk canvas requires more imagination than a video game. When your child plays a video game he is using someone else’s imagination. Mom, sometime it is hard for us to understand because we don’t play his digital games, but he is not using his creative gifts when he is on the game. The games that you think are ‘creative’ are still designed by someone else and they are not activating his deeper levels of imagination. Also, when he is clicking a mouse he is not fully working with his hands in the 3D world and he is not getting the best neuronal connections. Look for more opportunities for your child to dig deep and use his own creativity this summer; you may be pretty surprised what he can do with 30 minutes and a bucket of chalk!