In praise of Sidewalk Chalk

In praise of Sidewalk Chalk

For many years we handed out sidewalk chalk as the party favor at Rebecca’s birthday celebrations.  You could get sixteen big sticks of color (in a convenient plastic carrying case) for $1.  It was big, it was colorful, it was useful and it was cheap.  That’s an ideal party favor for little kids. (AC Moore has a 20 pack for under $5–bet it was on sale early in the summer). If you find a good deal, stockpile it for your next party.  You aren’t just being thrifty, you are nurturing talent.   Perhaps the best reason for giving out sidewalk chalk (home associations be damned) was , and is, that it is a gift of creativity.  It’s hard to resist a sidewalk canvas, and it is an excellent way for parents and kids to play together on a summer evening.  People in my neighborhood clearly agree.  Here’s a few shots of the summertime art, gone with the next rain, that makes sidewalk chalk such a priceless toy.

composition one

mystical beast?

apparently, not!

About thecraftylawyer

I am a Washington, D.C. lawyer by day, but like most of us, I juggle work and family and try, try, TRY to keep a hobby or two for myself. For me, that's a little art on the side. I make jewelry and do a lot of collage work and thought it was about time to start memorializing some of the quirky things I do, the fun finds, and just the random bits of beauty and art that surround us all the time, if we just know where to look. Find my jewelry on Etsy at Craftylawyer27 . I believe in Whimsy You Can Wear!

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  1. I teach in a middle school Special Ed classroom. We are located next to a seldom-used exit door that leads to a sidewalk in the back of the school. When the weather is nice, we love to go outside and do sidewalk chalk drawings. The boys draw dinosaurs and snakes, the girls do rainbows and flowers, and the para educators draw students’ names in fancy fonts. I like to do ocean scenes with brightly colored (and totally non-realistic) fish and sea plants and coral. I’m not sure, but I think I have more fun than the kids do. 🙂

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