1-2-3 Brain Break: Mosaic Sidewalk Art

Brain Breaks are short activities, often only 1-3 minutes long (today’s is a bit longer but well worth the time!), that help kids get ready to learn or refocus on the task at hand. They often involve physical activity and movement though relaxing activities can also boost mental brain power. 

So, in addition to encouraging your kids to participate in these fun breaks, join the kiddos and have some refreshing, stress-free fun yourself, too! 

What you will need:  

  • Sunny day or just after the rain 
  • Sidewalk 
  • Chalk in various colors 
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Broom 
  • Water in a small container 

Here’s What You Do:  

Gather your supplies. 

Sweep off an area of sidewalk, and then use the painter’s tape to create a shape. It can be any size. 

Then, using the water, choose a color chalk and hold the tip in the container for 5-7 seconds. 

Then, begin filling in the sections. The chalk will spread like a thick paste. You can use your fingers to spread it evenly.   

When you have finished filing in your design, let it dry! 

Once it seems to be dry, carefully put up the painter’s tape.  

Sweep off the sidewalk again, and take away the trash.  

Ta da! 

Then look at how the rain created beautiful art with our designs. 

Other Ideas: 

  • Hopscotch or other sidewalk games 
  • A chalk note for your neighbor 
  • “Welcome Home” banner 
  • “Happy Birthday” note 
  • An obstacle course for your bikes or scooters 
  • A “Town” with grocery store, fast food, bank, etc. Ride your bikes to each other’s stores. 

“The Why” behind the Activity  

A classic summer pastime that sparks our creativity, and gets us outside. This street art is very tactile and satisfying.  It can also be a chance to show some kindness to a neighbor or celebrate someone! 

Additional Inspiration: 

Super Easy Sidewalk Chalk Art / Mosaic- Boredom Busters! 

Sidewalk Chalk Techniques 

Library Event: Chalk on the Wild Side-Animal Chalk Art Exhibit 

Check out these books for more fun: 

Chalk on the Wild Side: More than 25 Chalk Art Projects, Recipes, and Creative Activities for Adults and Children to Explore Together by Lorie King Kaehler with photographs by Donna Starry 

Sidewalk Chalk: Outdoor Fun and Games by Jamie Kyle McGillian 

Staying Connected While Social Distancing by Grace Hansen