How to Create a Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course

There have been so many fun movements for communities to come together in a safe, socially distanced way such as craft walks, neighborhood sing-alongs and of course birthday celebration car caravans. Living on a busy corner in our neighborhood we wanted to put a smile on the face of people who walk by…in a safe and budget-friendly way. Our solution? Creating a fun obstacle course on our sidewalk. It’s a simple and creative project that got our family’s focus off the depressing news and onto a way to spread some joy on our corner. Here’s How to Create a Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course.

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Seriously. It’s that simple. I took a cue from Herve Tullet, author of the adorable interactive books “Press Here” and “Mix It Up” and simply started our obstacle course with the introduction of “Let’s Play” and then our creative juices got flowing.


The key part when planning out How to Create a Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course is writing in large, clear writing and providing enough space for participants to complete the activities. You also want to make sure the tasks are something that just about anyone can do, from toddlers to high schoolers (I mean, if they are confident enough to do something “uncool” in public).

Some suggestions on activities to include:

  • Hop on one foot
  • Do a jumping jack
  • Spin around
  • Jump as high as you can
  • Crab walk
  • Leap frog 

Another easy activity extension is to draw circles with numbers not in numerical order and the participant needs to be mindful to jump on the circles in numerical order. The creative options are endless and I encourage you and your family to think outside the box when creating your course.

If you are following my Camp Covid Block Schedule, this activity would fall under the 30 minute category and you can extend it by attempting your hand at chalking your walk instead of just focusing on how to create a sidewalk chalk obstacle course. And don’t forget your fence, either. 😉

For other home-based activities, check out this growing list.

Have fun creating!


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  1. Monica says

    This is a great idea! I love seeing all the creative ways people have been using their sidewalk chalk lately.

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