ABC Hops

Celebrate the importance of literacy and learning during the summer with a great outdoor letter recognition and matching game that only requires sidewalk chalk!

You will need: 

  • Chalk
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Hat or Bowl
  • Scissors


  1. Pick 10 letters.
  2. Draw 10 boxes on the ground with sidewalk chalk, and write (or help your child write) one letter inside each box. Tip: choosing letters from the child’s name can help with name recognition and choosing numbers helps with number recognition.
  3. Write the same 10 letters on slips of paper and put them in a hat.
  4. Have your child pick one slip of paper out of a hat or bowl at random. Whatever letter he or she picks, the child then must hop to the box on the ground with that letter written in it.

Extend the Fun!

  • Talk about words that start with each letter. What fruit starts with the letter “A”? What other words start with the letter “A”? What letter comes after the letter “A”?
  • Build gross motor skills by making new rules. Instead of hopping, can you skip to the box? Take big steps? Walk sideways?
  • Talk about the importance of taking turns. Do you want to take turns with me? I can jump once and then you can jump once? Do you want to take turns with your sister?