Most parents know outdoor play is beneficial for their children, and providing kids with fun outdoor activities is a great way to help them maximize their time outside. Sidewalk chalk is one great tool for outdoor play, and our top picks are below. They all feature a range of colors to contribute to your child’s imagination, are easily portable and are great for playing sidewalk games like hopscotch or tic-tac-toe, or for practicing letters and sight words in a bold and playful way.
With this set of large chalk sticks, there is plenty of sidewalk chalk to go around. Fourteen pieces of each of the nine different colors —126 pieces total — allow for hours of fun decorating the sidewalk or playing hopscotch. The chalk is nontoxic and easy to clean off hands and clothes, making it suitable for children and appealing to adults. The box can also be reused for storage. This set is a must-have for youth organizations, schools and families.
This chalk set has 30 different colors and includes two pieces of each color. The box has a convenient handle, making the set perfect for taking along to family reunions or on vacation. Several children can join in and make individual or collective creations that will last through the next rainstorm.
These jumbo chalk sticks are four inches long, making them ideal for small hands. The set has seven colors to choose from: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white. It comes in a plastic square container with a handle that makes it easy to carry around the neighborhood. The chalk is also great for drawing on different types of surfaces, including brick and asphalt.
Crayola has been a trusted brand for creating children’s artwork for many decades and this chalk set doesn’t disappoint. The pieces even look like traditional Crayola crayons. This shape is intentional and provides the ability to create various lines and shading. This set would enhance any outdoor art project.
This is a smaller set of Crayola sidewalk chalk for those wanting to create more precise and detailed art. It contains 16 pieces in total and comes in a square box with a handle. The colors produce beautiful artwork, and the sticks are durable and long-lasting, as you would expect from this trusted children’s brand.
“Chalk is arguably one of the easiest and least costly options for your child to engage with writing, spelling, drawing and the world around them all at once. In my own experience, using chalk is an ideal way to mix learning with the outdoors. Children of all ages can enjoy creating visuals with chalk.”
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