Looking for a boredom buster for the summer or another time when you’re stuck at home? This fun neighborhood outdoor scavenger hunt with sidewalk chalk is the perfect way to get the entire neighborhood involved yet do it on your own time at each family’s convenience.
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Here’s how it works
Get in touch with several families in your neighborhood and ask who wants to participate. Set a specific deadline for each household to finish their art before the scavenger hunt begins.
Assign each family (or each child, depending on how many want to participate) a figure to draw in sidewalk chalk. Each figure needs to be about 3 feet by 3 feet so it can easily be seen by neighbors who are walking and in their cars.
Make sure to choose a day that isn’t raining or snowing, or the hunt will be ruined!
How we did it
We did this in our neighborhood during the COVID-19 quarantine, and it was so much fun!
In our neighborhood, we asked for signups on a Monday in our neighborhood’s Facebook page (we just used a Google form to get signups). The sign up deadline was by Tuesday evening.
Each child was assigned something to draw (so our house had two items in front of it), and the assignments were emailed out Wednesday morning. Each household was also emailed a copy of the scavenger hunt checklist.
We then had Wednesday and Thursday to complete our drawings. The scavenger hunt was to be completed sometime Friday or Saturday, depending on your family’s schedule.
In case you can’t tell from the pictures above, Lizzy drew an octopus all by herself. Jared’s amoeba is really supposed to be a black sun, since black is his new favorite color.
Since we were all in quarantine, this was a great activity to feel like part of a community and get out of the house while maintaining social distancing. However, it would work great towards the end of summer vacation as kids start to get bored.