Yup, we’re still using sidewalk chalk A LOT. It’s still one of my all-time favorite learning tools! It’s a great (and easy) way to create multi-sensory learning. Remember hearing about learning styles back in college? We all have our ideal method of learning (auditory, visual, kinesthetic/tactile). The most efficient lessons are those that utilize each learning style.
Onto the activity…
This summer, J really got into tracing his footprints onto the sidewalk. We would trace all sorts of fun paths that he would then follow while running, jumping, skipping (or giving it his best attempt!), pushing his lawn mower or riding his tricycle.
After a few weeks of this, I decided to add some learning to the mix
First, I added a letter to each footprint. J loved singing the Alphabet song while following his footprint path. Next was numbers, logically! That’s when I realized this would be great practice at counting by twos, fives, and tens. I placed one number in each footprint and got J to call out the numbers as he jumped across. He actually learned a cute counting song from one of the Leapfrog movies that takes you through ones, twos, fives and tens. It works perfect with his footpaths.
This incorporates auditory (singing), visual (written numbers) and kinesthetic (physical movement with each number).
Here’s some other activities to do with sidewalk chalk.