Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Driveway Learning

We love sidewalk chalk! It's cheap, easy to find, comes in a ton of colors and you can do so much with it! Lately we have been working on sight words, so we found a way to integrate sidewalk chalk and sight words for some educational play. And if you do it right, you can burn off a bunch of that toddler energy.

Zayit enjoys searching for words, shapes, colors, etc. Today we made different colored circles and put one word in each. I would shout out which word to find next and he would look around, run and jump in the corresponding circle. In order to use up as much energy as possible, I would call out words that were far from each other. He had a blast and reinforced his sight word knowledge at the same time.

Looking for the word "play"

Spelling out p-l-a-y

Yay!  Jump on 'play'

We also did "jumping squares," or hopscotch with numbers.  This is an old go-to for him.  He hasn't mastered the hopping on one foot idea, so we still have big jumps.  

Before we were working on sight words, we did this with colors: "go jump in the PURPLE circle"; shapes: "go jump in the HEXAGON"; letters, numbers, etc.  You get the idea.  


  1. I'm really enjoying reading about all your inventive activities! Can't wait to try some with Alice!

  2. I often draw special "dangerous paths", with clouds, birds, baloons, umbrellas...
    My children love it!