Children Live There…and There…and There…

Children Live There…and There…and There…


Each year when the warm weather hits, our driveway starts to look like a scene out of CSI.  Multiple chalk outlines of various sizes of bodies.  And oddly surrounding it are flowers, suns, houses, bunny rabbits and bears.  Yes, children live at our house.

WhenI was a kid, if we wanted to write on the sidewalk, we found a soft rock and scratched away.  Today, you can walk through a neighborhood and easily determine if children live there (and often about how old those kids are) simply by analyzing the writing and pictures on the driveway.  We had chalk when I was a kid – school chalk, chalkboard chalk – but nothing like this.

One of my PR firms sent me a package of Crayola products as part of the Crayola Outdoor Challenge promotion.  Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien is working with Crayola to get families to commit to being active this summer.  No only do children need to exercise their bodies but also their minds and imagination!  As we walked to the park one day, we met up with a hopscotch board that had more than the traditional 10 squares.  It had about 150!  That’s imaginative, ambitious and if they actually hop it all… very active! If you haven’t looked at what Crayola has to offer these days, you’ll be quite shocked.

The 3D activity set includes stencils, chalk ‘paint’ and a brush along with directions and glasses for making 3D sidewalk art.  Stencils seem like a natural progression for chalk since we all end up laying on the ground being outlined anyhow.  At least now I can have a lizard running up my outlined arm if the girls so choose.  But since the color spectrum of the chalk has always been so light, I hadn’t given much thought to being able to make anything appear 3D.  It was weird, but the chalk did demonstrate a funky 3D appearance when I put on the glasses that come with the set.  The girls were using the chalk to mainly just freely draw and color whatever they wanted but with the glasses, certain colors pop off of the sidewalk.

The Rainbow Rake, is pretty much exactly as the name implies.  It’s a rake for making rainbow designs using the chalk that is included or others that you have on hand.  The girls had a ball making rainbows and writing their name out using this but tended to have a bit of trouble getting it to consistently work.  When an older neighbor girl tried it out, she was able to use it flawlessly.  I think that my girls had a bit of a disadvantage due to their small stature.  But as you can see from the picture, it does look pretty cool and it’s nice that it doesn’t require specially purchased chalk for it.

The final package, the one I thought was the coolest, was full of extremely vibrant chalk.  I’m used to traditional pastel colors but these made a sun look… well, bright.  The girls got so creative when they started using these bold colors.  No more drab sun on our driveway.  It’s been replaced with a bright one.  Although I haven’t seen the brighter, bolder chalk in the multi-pack tub, there were quite a few in the package I received.  My only recommendation to Crayola is to create the tub and include duplicates of the brightest colors because our yellow, purple and blue were half gone after one sitting.

Now for the good stuff.  Crayola has been so gracious as to provide extras for my readers!  (Thank you, Crayola!)  If you’re interested in winning a set of these, keep reading.

The Prize: Assortment of Crayola Outdoor Products (2 winners!) – Closed


Nicole Brady

About Nicole Brady

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

61 comments on «Children Live There…and There…and There…»

  1. We would have lots of fun with the Sidewalk Paint Tray.

  2. The children I provide care for would spend hours and hours drawing with the Crayola Giant Sidewalk Chalk!

  3. Thao says:

    I think the chalk n roll would be lots of fun. I remember playing hopscotch as a little girl.


  4. Thao says:

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  5. Thao says:

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  6. cdziuba says:

    The Sidewalk Paint Sprayer would be great for outdoors.

  7. cdziuba says:

    Took the Outdoor Challenge Pledge.

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  11. cdziuba says:

    Posted your giveaway on my Facebook page Carol P Dziuba

  12. Kristie says:

    My daughter would love the Sidewalk Stencils-Little Mermaid.

    I took the challenge!

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  13. Kristie says:

    I'm a follower through blogger.

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  14. Kristie says:

    Your button is in my sidebar.

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  15. My kids would love the paint sprayer!

  16. TXsunlover says:

    My granddaughter loves the Giant Sidewalk Chalk and I think she would also like the Crayola® 3-D Activity Chalk Kit – Underwater Adventure.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  17. TXsunlover says:

    I took the Outdoor Challenge Pledge.
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  18. TXsunlover says:

    I subscribe!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  19. Andrea says:

    We would love the Sidewalk Paint Sprayer. I took the Outdoor Challenge Pledge.

  20. Andrea says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  21. TZel says:

    My daughter is excited about the Giant Sidewalk chalk. Thank you!

  22. BusyJulie says:

    I love the sidewalk paint tray!!!

  23. brandy says:

    i think the rainbow rake would be so much fun. make cool designs with it
    bwalleshauser at yahoo dot com

  24. Mana says:

    any of the 3-D products

    hababoon at

  25. the outdoor chalk sprayer would definitely spark some creative energy around our house!

  26. I would love the sidewalk paint sprayer. I have seen it in the stores several times and almost bought it.

  27. Dee says:

    I think we'd have a blast with the rainbow rake!

  28. Dee says:

    I'm following using google friend connect!

  29. Blakesmom says:

    My son would go nuts for the Rainbow Rake! Thanks for the chance.

  30. Julie says:

    my daughter chose the super brush painting system 🙂

  31. Julie says:

    I took the Outdoor Challenge Pledge

  32. Julie says:

    i follow using Google Friend Connect

  33. 1955nurse says:

    My youngest Grandson LOVES the TaDoodles, and the older one Loves the washable markers (and so does his MOM!) I think we could fulfill our pledge with: The sidewalk chalk rake for the little one and the 3-D chalk or paint sprayer for the older one. This is a great company – no just crayons anymore 🙂

  34. 1955nurse says:

    I'm a NEW E-Mail subscriber – love your blog 🙂

  35. 1955nurse says:

    I'm also a brand-new follower! Looking forward to your blogs 🙂

  36. moushka says:

    My daughters would have fun with the Sidewalk Paint Sprayer.

  37. taulya says:

    Put your button up here:
    thanks for the contest.

  38. taulya says:

    I like the outdoor chalk sprayer . That'll keep'em busy.

  39. Jamie W. says:

    I took the challenge and we would love to get active with any of these great products… the rainbow rake and sidewalk paint tray are products I think my two boys would really love, though.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    czakcass AT


  40. Xenia says:

    The Chalk N Roll is definitely something I can picture my daughter running up and down the driveway and the sidewalk with. Fun!

    xpsundell at gmail dot com

  41. jengd says:

    Right now, since my son is only 2, I think I'd stick with the Giant Sidewalk Chalk. It would be a great starting point.

  42. jengd says:

    I follow via Google Friend Connect

  43. I know my kids would have so much fun with the chALK AND ROLL.

  44. Erica says:

    Oh, the sidewalk rake for sure!

  45. Courtney says:

    My kids would go crazy with the Sidewalk Paint Sprayer.
    courtneytarver85 at yahoo dot com

  46. Courtney says:

    I follow you on Google Connect.
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  47. Courtney says:

    I follow you on twitter @quixiotic

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  48. Courtney says:

    I subscribed via email.
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  49. Courtney says:

    I posted this on Facebook!

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  50. Rebecca N. says:

    The chalk and roll would be so much fun! My son could get hours of entertainment from that! Thanks for such an awesome give away!

  51. Rebecca N. says:

    I follow your blog!

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