Tis the season for sidewalk chalk…

March 31st, 2012 in Crafts

How fast are you going through yours? I am loving this weather! Feels so good to spend the days outside. I thought I would “re-run” two posts of mine for you in celebration. Homemade Sidewalk Chalk AND France’s Version of Hopscotch—Escargot (Snail), enjoy!

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

April 29th, 2010 in Crafts | Edit

So this is something I would NOT do every single time we ran out of sidewalk chalk BUT it was a really fun–very hard to mess up–the kids loved it craft.

This “recipe” makes two large sidewalk chalks.


1 c warm water

2 c Plaster of Paris

Powdered Tempura Paint (I love this stuff it really is worth buying)

Toilet Paper Tube OR Paper Towel Tube cut in half

Plastic Wrap

Rubber Bands

Parchment Paper


1. Pour the warm water into a bowl and sprinkle the Plaster of Paris slowly, in batches, mixing well to let it dissolve.

2. Mix in Tempura Paint (2 T. or until it’s the color you would like)

3. Cover one end of the tube with plastic wrap and then wrap an elastic around it to keep it in place.

4. Then roll up parchment paper and slide it into the tube.

5. Pour the Plaster mixture into the tube.

6. After it sits and hardens for about a day, carefully unwrap all of the paper & plastic and have fun!


France’s Version of Hopscotch—Escargot (Snail)

July 27th, 2009 in familyMonday: Weekly Family Activity | Edit


Could it be possible that there is a better version of hopscotch out there? And that France would have it? It is true! France’s version of hopscotch is called Escargot or Snail and this is a great one to try with your kids. It isn’t difficult and it’s loads of fun!

Directions and sketch via thinkquest.org

Number of Players: 2 or more 

Equipment: Chalk – to make the hopscotch. (No puck is used for this version of the hopscotch game.)

How to Play 

    1. Decide which is your hopping foot and who goes first. Whichever foot you choose is the foot you will hop on both to go to the center and to go back out.


    1. Hop through the snail to the center. Start with square 1.
    2. Hop only once in each square. Do not hop on any lines or you will lose your turn. You may rest when you reach the center.


    1. Turn and hop back to the beginning. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for a second time.
    2. If you have hopped in and out successfully you may choose a square as your “house”. Put your initials in the square.


  1. You can use this space to rest and other players must skip over the square.
  2. The game is over when it becomes impossible for anyone to hop to the center. The player with the most squares at the end is the winner.

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