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13 May, 2013

Let the (driveway) games begin!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Archive of playground games|Easy ways to make kids happy

I love the creative things my kids come up with sometimes.

My youngest suddenly decided to create an outdoor track and field course at my in-laws place. When she called me out to see it I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but boy, was it ever involved. There were about a half dozen different “events” chalked out on the driveway, including a few suggested stretches to do as a warm up. (“Place feet here, touch hands here.”) So cool.

I didn’t snap a photo of each station, but you’ll get the idea:

Driveway track and field

Driveway track and field

Driveway track and field

Driveway track and field

Driveway track and field

Driveway track and field

The dandelion throw was my favourite event (my youngest daughter beat everyone OF COURSE), and I discovered that the bunny jump event was a lot harder than I thought… especially in heels.

Those buckets of chalk are worth every penny, aren’t they? We’ve sketched out a lot of hopscotch grids as a family, but her idea took it to a whole new level.

Here are a few other ideas for chalking games that go beyond hopscotch (in case you’re looking for some inspiration):

Drawing your shadow is also a really fun thing to do. Take turns to outline each others shadows and then colour them in, adding facial features, clothes etc.

And speaking of creative kids… I will be writing about our kids’ art lessons at Laura Daub’s studio later in the next couple of days. You won’t believe the treasures they’ve been creating over the last few weeks. Stay tuned for that post soon. :)


2 Responses to "Let the (driveway) games begin!"

1 | Stacey K

May 13th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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We’ve done shadow “sundials” before. Mark a spot for your feet, then trace your shadow every 15 minutes or half hour. Interesting way to show how the earth is moving.

2 | Sarah McCormack

May 14th, 2013 at 8:51 am

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we play so many sidewalk chalk games. My younger son makes elaborate obstacle course using all sorts of different chalk “challenges”.

But my fave has always been to draw a giant “bullseye” with multiple circles. each circle has a different point level.. the outer, bigger circles lower- ie. 10 points, with the smaller circle in the middle the highest ie. 500 points. then you can use beanbags to throw, or even a good rock works!

LOVE IT!

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