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One stick of chalk; a thousand ways to play

One stick of chalk; a thousand ways to play

Alexis Ralphs Aug 21 • 7 min read

What could you create with a single stick of chalk?

It's fun to write and draw on the ground, but why not try some of the following and introduce a physical challenge to your children's play? A whole weekend's worth of fun.

- Play hopscotch
- Draw a maze
- Draw a bullseye on the floor, make a DIY beanbag with a knotted sock and some beans, and have a throwing competition.
- Draw a city for vehicles and figures to inhabit.
- Draw a badminton or tennis court. Vary the equipment to suit your child's age and the space you have available. For the youngest children, throw beanbags rather than strike balls or shuttlecocks.
- Play invasion games. There are hundreds to choose from. Google for ideas.

Don't forget to use the chalk to keep score when playing competitively. It's a great way to introduce early maths. Use a tally chart rather than numerals for preschoolers. This makes it easier for them to follow.

From our #fewerbettertoys series, where we look at ways to get more play value from the toys you already have.

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