2 Essential Games Using Chalk
My preschooler has a recent obsession with chalk.
This interest has lead to some really fun outdoor games that I honestly did not plan.
It was one of those days...
One of those really, long days without much planned.
And after giving out about 20 snacks and exhausting every episode of "UmiZoomie" (Another huge interest right now), my preschooler needed to get outside. I needed to get outside. - WE needed to get outside.
This boredom lead to a fantastic, yet SIMPLE Preschool Game.
Supplies: Literally, one supply! Here is the affiliate link to the chalk we used:
Not Your Average Hopscotch:
I can assure you, this game took off in a way I did not expect. I intended to do 1-10. My preschooler wanted to keep going and going! So we did.
My preschooler actually woke up the next morning, looked out the window, and said, "The sun is up. Let's go play our Hopscotch Game."
We began with simple number recognition.
WHY practice number recognition with your preschooler?
By Kindergarten, your child will be asked to count to 100 by ones and by tens. - And there is it. They simply need to count the numbers. (Which is different than number sense talked about here)
How to Play Number Recognition Hopscotch:
- Draw a traditional Hopscotch design.
- For EACH group of TEN, change your color scheme.
- Call each number aloud as you jump.
Variation to the Number Game:
Use the alphabet!
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Other Ideas to Switch Up Your Hopscotch Game:
All other ideas listed are Kindergarten Benchmarks that you can incorporate into your preschooler's day NOW. - They do not have to master any of these, yet they are all age appropriate for introduction.
- Sight words
- Word Families (cat, sat, mat, pat, etc)
- Say the letter sounds
- Shapes (don't forget about the hexagon, octagon and pentagon)