Here's 5 sidewalk games to do with your youngsters from nickjr.com.
I think these can also be done in your driveway!
- Draw several tic-tac-toe boards (about 2 feet by 2 feet) on level pavement.
- Players designate a "throw" line and take turns trying to toss a stone into a square.
- If the stone lands in a square without touching any of the sides, that player gets to draw an "X" or "O" in that square.
- If the player's stone touches one of the sides of a square, the player doesn't get to claim that square and it becomes the next player's turn. Play continues until someone has three X's or O's in a row.
After each game is over, erase the markings with a rag and some water (don't touch the outlines of the boxes) and continue playing on a fresh board while it dries.
- Draw a hopscotch course of ten boxes, numbered from 1 to 10, alternating a single box and a double box.
- Each player takes a turn tossing a stone into the first box. If the stone stays in the box without touching the sides, the player gets to jump through the hopscotch course (always hopping over the box with their stone in it).
- Players must use alternating feet when hopping into the single boxes and must not touch the sides of the box.
- At the end of the course, the player turns around (balancing on one foot) and hops back, picking up the stone along the way.
- If the player completes the course, he or she gets to toss the stone into the second box and continue.
- If a player fails to complete the course, it is the next player's turn to toss a stone and hop through the course. The winner is the first player to complete the course ten times.
Use some colored chalk and have each member of the family draw a self-portrait or let each person draw a picture of someone else in your family. Don't forget to include your family pet!
- Mark off five large squares in a row (about one grown-up "giant step" in length each) and number them from 1 to 5.
- Players stand at opposite ends of the course.
- The first player throws a ball so that it bounces once in the square farthest away. If the ball doesn't bounce in that square, touches the edges, or is caught by the other player after it bounces, the first player's turn is over.
- If the first player is successful, he or she has another turn and tries to throw the ball so it bounces once in the fourth square and once in the fifth square (without touching the edges or being caught). If successful, the player then throws the ball so it bounces in the third, fourth, and fifth square.
- The first player to bounce the ball into all five squares without being caught wins.