An underrated outdoor pastime, chalk isn’t just for classroom black boards and baby milestone photoshoots. As you might remember from your own childhood, sidewalk chalk can provide hours of fun and gives your kids the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. They have a nearly unlimited amount of space to draw on for once, and you don’t need to worry about any walls or pieces of furniture being casualties of an art project day.
Multi-colored chalk can be used on asphalt, concrete and even wooden swing sets. And no matter how many surfaces your kids cover with their drawings, you can wash it away with a garden hose or allow a rainy day to take care of clean-up for you. This is a relatively low-fuss activity, though you might need to still wash off your kids after a particularly chalky day. Chalk doesn’t only need to be for drawing pictures, though. Your kids could do classic games like hopscotch or create a foursquare board. They can even make up their own games or practice their letters as big as they want to.
From glitter to just a good old-fashioned classic set, our favorite chalk sets are sure to satisfy your little one’s artistic needs. The types of chalk below are designed to not roll down the driveway, so you can also have some sense of peace knowing that your children won’t be chasing them into the street.
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1. Chalk City Sidewalk Chalk
With this set, you get a total of 20 pieces of chalk and seven different vibrant colors. You won’t have to worry about this chalk rolling down the driveway — these 4 in. pieces are tapered at the ends, so they’ll stay put while your little one is at work on your driveway. The chalk is also designed to minimize dust and is non-toxic.
2. ArtCreativity Jumbo Sidewalk Chalk Set for Kids
Stock up on sidewalk chalk with this massive tub. The tub has a lid and a plastic handle, which makes this set easy to bring down the street to a neighbor’s house or to grandma’s home. The tub contains chalks of all kinds of vibrant colors, including red, white, orange, green, yellow and blue. The dust-free chalk is washable and easy for kids to grip.
3. Crayola Outdoor Glitter Chalk
This washable Crayola Outdoor Chalk isn’t just in your typical white and yellow. This non-toxic chalk is special. It’s Glitter Chalk, which shimmers in the sun, and includes the colors green, blue, red, yellow and orange. While your kids are making their vibrant drawings, they won’t have to worry about the chalk rolling away down the driveway and into the street. The chalk is made in a square shape to prevent it from going anywhere. This chalk is made for kids ages four and up.
4. KINIA 18 Rainbow Unicorn Horn Jumbo Sidewalk Chalk
If you have a unicorn enthusiast in your house, this chalk is perfect for any fan of these fantastical creatures. Make drawing with chalk more magical with these unicorn horn-shaped chalk pieces from KINIA. There are three different horn designs: gold, pink-orange-yellow and pink-blue-green. The chalk is individually wrapped in purple paper, so this chalk is perfect to give out as party favors for a unicorn-themed birthday celebration. Non-toxic, dust-free, odorless and washable, these unicorn horns will provide hours of safe, outdoor fun for your little ones.
5. Toysmith Jumbo Sidewalk Chalk
Toysmith’s Sidewalk Chalk looks much like what you might have drawn on your sidewalk with during childhood. It’s classic and timeless. The set comes with 20 pieces of four-inch chalk in white, blue, pink, green and yellow colors. The chalk from Toysmith comes stored in a plastic tub with a lid, which makes clean up easy when it’s time for the kids to gather their chalk and come inside. When the kids want to erase their chalk creations and make another masterpiece, parents can help wash away the existing chalk drawings with water from the garden hose.