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Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games

by Jamie Kyle McGillian

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I was hoping for something with more creative games. This book had a lot of commonly known (I knew them, anyway) pencil-and-paper games for chalk (like dots, or tic-tac-toe), and a lot of suggestions of different ways to vary drawing with chalk on the sidewalk - things I mostly already knew about.

And some of the sections that could've been expanded weren't. Hopscotch, for example - there are more variations in hopscotch than you can shake a stick at, you could practically write a book on hopscotch *alone*, but they gave it (I guess figuring everybody knew it but that not everybody knows about hangman...?) one page, with a picture of exactly one version of a hopscotch diagram and one version of hopscotch rules. I could (and have) get more information on chalk games through google.

Though the information on making my own sidewalk chalk was nifty, and not something I would've thought of on my own. ( )
  conuly | Jun 15, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0806979054, Hardcover)

Chalk it up...for great fun! With a bucket of colored, neon, glittered, swirly, or even just plain white chalk, your fingertips, and the ideas in this charmingly illustrated book, the sidewalk is yours to play on and decorate. Write your favorite sayings, draw pictures, or play games with your friends or all by yourself. You can even create a big mess and nature will take care of it, because chalk just washes away. Start by making your own, if you'd like, with a simple recipe. Then let the good times roll by getting out and chalking the town with calendar creations that celebrate holidays--or come up with silly rebuses to catch the eye of everyone who walks by. Be a street artist, and design wild and crazy characters, or produce a maze. You've got game with chalked hopscotch boards, tic-tac-toe, a spin on basic jacks, and "jumbo jumps." Take a sidewalk safari--it'll really bring out the animal in you! Just copy a small part of your favorite beast--like a lion's mane or beaver's tail--and challenge your friends to figure out what it is. Whoever guesses right gets to finish the picture. And, all through there's lots of "chalk talk" where0 real kids tell their favorite "chalky" things to do!

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Suggests games and activities to play with chalk on sidewalks and in playgrounds. Includes instructions for making chalk.

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