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Wild-Snakes Sidewalk Game

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Help your child happily fill the long summer days with this simple sidewalk game. It's portable and easy to do, so whether you’re at home, visiting family, or exploring somewhere new, your kids can keep themselves entertained.
Wild Snakes Sidewalk Game
What You’ll Need
  • Chalk
  • One pebble per player
What to Do
  1. Use chalk to draw seven circles in a zigzag line. In the middle of each circle write a number from 1 to 7.
  2. Draw a starting line near circle 1.  
To Play
  • Each player puts a small stone behind the start line and takes a turn flicking the stone into circle 1.
  • After a player lands in circle 1, the player tries to reach circle 2 on the next turn, then circle 3, and so on.
  • Players continue taking turns, going up to 7 and then back down to 1.
  • Once a player goes up to 7 and back to 1, the player becomes a “wild snake.” Wild snakes try to hit other players’ stones and knock those players out of the game. However, if a wild snake lands in a circle, that player is out of the game.      
  • The winner is the last wild snake remaining.
Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Seven circles can be a lot. Start with three or five circles instead. Count backward and forward to three or five several times. 

Older kids: Change how the circles are spaced out. Try putting a few together and a few far apart. How does the spacing change the way you flick your stone? Do you use more pressure or less pressure to get the stone to a closer circle? From the start line, what’s the farthest circle you can flick your stone to? What could help you get it beyond that point?

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As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?
In-person visits.
68% (36 votes)
Skype or FaceTime.
19% (10 votes)
Calls via cell phones or landlines.
6% (3 votes)
Handwritten cards and letters.
8% (4 votes)
Total votes: 53