Let's "Chalk" Up a Good Time & Complimentary Worksheet Download

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Let's "Chalk" Up a Good Time

Sidewalk chalk- you can find at most dollar stores or Make It yourself!!

Here is an easy recipe to make your own sidewalk chalk.  You will need: an ice cube tray, plaster of paris, 2 tablespoons of tempura paint, mixed with a small amount of water.  

1. Mix your plaster of paris as directed, when finished add the plaster of paris mixture to paint/water mixture.   

2.  Once mixed together well, pour mixture into your ice cube trays.  Allow to set for approximately one hour. 

3.  When hardened pop out your new chalk! 

Make all different colors and shapes! Combine paint for rainbow chalk. 

Once your chalk is complete play some of these fun games!

For indoor chalk fun & easy transport from school to school- Draw games on long paper that can be rolled or on big sheets of 11x17 paper. Black or a dark color will make the chalk really stand out!

Drawing Switcheroo: Draw large rectangles all over the concrete.  Have your student start drawing a picture.  They have 3 minutes to draw what they can- when time is up- Switcheroo! Now have each student switch drawings and continue where their friends left off.  What is the end result?

Draw a maze: With your sidewalk chalk, draw a huge maze on your concrete.  Now your student has to animal walk through it.

Sidewalk Chalk Games

Sidewalk Simon: Take your handheld Simon game and bring it to real life size.  Draw a large Simon board on the concrete and call out the pattern you want your child to jump in.  Start simple with two colors and add on each turn.  For example, Jump on red, then redblue, then red blue green, and so on.  Remember you always have to start with the first color called. 

Good old Hopscotch! We all probably know how to play hopscotch but let's switch it up! Forget numbers one through ten- Put a different letter in each square and when it is your turn to throw the rock, you have to think of three words that start with that letter before jumping. 

Another adaptation: Put different animals in each square, throw your rock and now you have to walk like that animal through the board. 

Body Trace: Have your students trace each other on the concrete.  Can they trace, color and draw detail of their friend?

Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR


Memorial Day Activities: Indoors or Out- 1/2 Price Shipping

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Memorial Day Fun!

It's Memorial Day.  How are you spending your day off?  BBQ, Picnic, Family outing?

Whatever you are doing, here are some fun activities to celebrate!

Keep your children busy while cooking for your Memorial Day get together!  Here are some fun painting activities you can do inside or out.  

Straw painting: Pour some red, white, and blue paint on a dish.  Take 6-8 straws, hold them together at the long part.  Now take the top bent part and dip it in your paint.  Tap the straw paintbrush on paper, making red, white and blue fireworks. 

No straws?  Use a fork to make fireworks!

Another Fun Patriotic Painting Activity

Pom Pom Flag: Take some pom poms or cottonballs, squeeze a clothespin to pinch and hold the pom pom, dip it in paint and form your flag. 

These can make a great decoration for your Memorial Day BBQ!

Marble Painting: An old favorite, in the bottom of a cardboard box, lay a piece of paper. Squirt small dots of red, white, and blue paint on the side of your paper. Now place the marbles in your box. With two hands move the box from side to side, rolling the marbles. When you are finished you should have a red, white, and blue creation!

Gross Motor Fun

Flag Relay: You will need some small American Flags (can find at most Dollar Stores) Set up an obstacle course outside, line your children up at the start and place the flags at the end (maybe in a bucket of sand so they aren't on the ground)

Race through the obstacle course; jump in and out of hula hoops, crawl like a crab, walk like a bear, grab your flag and run back.  When you reach the start, next child can go. 

Start some friendly Memorial Day competition and make it a race!

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Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR


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Group Playground Games - Having Fun Together!

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Outdoor Fun for Groups

Let's go outside!  It's spring, take advantage of that beautiful weather.  Do you have an outside area in your school that you can use for group?  Or a group of children on a playdate? Here are some great outdoor game ideas:

Parking Spot (aka musical chairs):  Mark off a large square area outisde on the pavement with chalk or use carpet squares for parking spots.  The children will be "cars" or "Jeeps". When you call out an action they have to perform it until you say "Park!".  Call out jump, the children jump around- try not to bump into anyone!   They can skip, hop, jump, run, gallop, or walk.  

Variations:  - Mark spots on the floor and call these spots the jeeps.  Now your children are the safari animals.  They have to move around like the animal you call out when you say Jeep, they have to run to a spot. 

- Make them think while playing! If you call out tiger should they run fast or slow?  If you call frog should they run or jump? If you call out bear should they walk on two legs or arms and legs? 

- "Cooperative Jeeps" as jeeps or places are eliminated, ask children to "share" spaces. How many can fit? Maybe just a toe or hand is enough to be safe.


Animal Stampede!

A variation of Red Light, Green Light.  In a large area outside, draw a start line, where your children will line up, you will stand about 15-20 feet away from them. 

You can call yourself the park ranger or zookeeper.  Your children have to listen for what animal you will call as your back is turned to them.  " I am going to see the tigers!"  They have to run as fast as a tiger until you turn around when they should Stop! 

If they don't stop, they have to go back to start.  Begin the game slow with turtle walks, crab crawls, then move to tiger runs!

Story Starters

Use these story starters to spark creativity and imagination, work on sentence structure, practice handwriting/drawing, be silly or pass the time (on a car ride, in waiting room, check-out line or maybe while just having breakfast!)

  • The clouds are rolling in, but they are pink not gray, and out of them ...
  • Out of the woods walked a ...
  • At the zoo, I walked by the lion cage and heard the two lions inside say.....
  • A skunk could make a good pet because...

Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR

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