25+ Sidewalk Chalk Games & Ideas for Outdoor Fun

More than 25 sidewalk chalk games and activities to keep kids busy at home.

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My favorite scene in Mary Poppins has always been when Mary, Michael, and Jane meet Bert the chimney sweep as he's drawing beautiful pictures on the sidewalk, and they are magically able to jump into the photos and discover a fanciful world inside.

This scene is even more meaningful to me right now, as my family and millions of others are in lockdown, staying within the walls of our home and the confines of our yard, yearning to be part of the world again.

That's why I decided this was the perfect scene to inspire our Mary Poppins themed month of Family Dinner Book Club. Even though we can't travel the world, we can take the opportunity to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and have some fun with sidewalk chalk.

Sidewalk Chalk Games & Play Ideas

These sidewalk chalk games are perfect for getting outside, having fun, and even doing a bit of learning while we are all away from school. They are all appropriate to do while following social distancing as well.

Start with a fun Stepping Into a Picture activity from Harper Collins books, based on Mary Poppins. Get the instructions and a free printable here.

Use free printables from Fantastic Fun & Learning to make a Chalk Hopscotch Path.

Get kids moving with this fun movement prewriting activity from Days with Grey.

Make a town indoors or out with inspiration from Moms & Crafters.

Try a twist on hopscotch with this Number Recognition Play from Danya Banya.

Play Backyard Twister with this super fun idea from Danya Banya.

Create a Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course from Toot's Mom is Tired.

Use chalk to create Outdoor Building Blocks from The Natural Homeschool.

Try these Outdoor Imaginary Play Ideas with Chalk from NutureStore.

Learning Activities with Sidewalk Chalk 

Practice listening skills with this Listen and Spray Counting Game from Fantastic Fun & Learning.

Start learning simple math with this Math Dice Game from Days with Grey.

Create a springtime Chalk Counting Garden from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Practice sight words with Sight Word Scrub from Danya Banya.

Create an Outdoor Writing Center with this idea from Lalymom.

Learn Chinese with Sidewalk Chalk with these fun games from Chalk Academy.

Play with chalk and rocks with these ideas from The Preschool Toolbox.

Try these Sidewalk Chalk Ideas for Early Writing from The Natural Homeschool.

Sidewalk Chart Art Inspiration

Share Messages of Love with Chalk Art Paint from Barley & Birch.

Add science & art with this Sidewalk Chalk Shadow Art idea from Rhythms of Play.

Make a Sidewalk Chalk Mosaic with this easy how-to from Down Redbud Drive.

Try something new and Draw with Wet Chalk from The Craft Train.

See what you can create when you Draw with Chalk and Nature from The Craft Train.

Make a Giant Chalk Art Mosaic with this idea from The Pragmatic Parent.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk & Supplies

Need something new to hold your sidewalk chalk? This Pool Noodle Pencil is a super fun idea from Lalymom!

Store your sidewalk chalk in a Summer Fun Station with the rest of your backyard essentials.

Learn how to make Liquid Sidewalk Chalk from Hands-On Teaching Ideas.

Out of chalk? Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk with this tutorial from Natural Beach Living.

Want something new? Try Homemade Fizzy Sidewalk Chalk Paint from Messy Little Monster.

Complete Your Family Dinner Book Club Experience

There are lots of ways that you can experience Mary Poppins with your kids. Read a gorgeous hardback version for a classic story time. You can enjoy the story on audiobook (FREE with a trial of Audible), or download the Kindle version for digital delivery.

Then of course, you'll want to watch the classic Disney movie, followed by the new live action Mary Poppins Returns.

You can complete your Family Dinner Book Club experience with a Mary Poppins themed menu from my co-hosts, Chef Sarah Elizabeth and more ideas from Growing Book by Book.

Be sure to share your Family Dinner Book Club photos with us on Facebook, we love to see them!

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