Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Crayola Sidewalk Chalk Grab ‘N Go Games – Review and Giveaway

Update 7/14/14:  The winner is Janet W.  Congratulations!  This giveaway is now closed but check back soon for the one coming up.


Crayola has a new series of outdoor Sidewalk Chalk Grab n’ Go Games that are perfect for summer.  There are four games and each includes 4 sticks of washable chalk, props and directions for using the chalk to create your own “playing field.”  They are inexpensive and have everything you need for some summer outdoor fun in a pouch like container.  You can win the Chalk ’N Go Obstacle Course Game with a bonus pack of Crayola ultra-clean washable markers  in the giveaway right here.  Giveaway details are at the end of the post.


There are four Chalk Grab ‘N Go games:
  • Obstacle Course
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Chip Shot Golf
  • Foot Hockey

I like the Bean Bag Toss and Obstacle Course for their classic simple games that they are.  Grandparents who play golf will enjoy the opportunity to show off their skill and introduce a new game.

I know that some grandparents have a summer camp outing at their house when all their grandchildren visit at the same time.  If you are a grandparent Camp Director you will definitely want to check these out.  I love to write about things toys or activites that we played when we were kids or our kids played and still work for our grandchildren but have a new twist.  These Crayola Grab ‘N Go games fit the modern approach of everything you need in the one container and still rely on the old fashioned simplicity of using sidewalk chalk imaginatively.  I love it.

What I like best about these games is since you draw the playing field yourself using the chalk it can be designed for children as young as 4 and as old as teens or adults.  They are great for driveway play at a backyard picnic and can be drawn for any age group you would like.

Here is my experience with my grandson, Zach, aged 5 with the Obstable Course and Foot Hockey games.

Zach Drawing the Obstacle Course


Zach is proud after winning the first round with the Crayola Grab 'N Go Sidewalk Chalk Game

The Obstacle course has 4 small “markers", 4 pieces of washable chalk and a directions sheet which shows various styles of obstacle courses.  I started to draw the lines, but Zach quickly wanted to participate.  So I drew to the first circle and we placed the marker and he drew the rest.  Zach was up first…but his idea was that the course was just a starting point.  He added that you run over to the soccer net and kick the soccer ball in (Well it is the same day as the USA Belgium World Cup match), then run around in 3 circles under a tree, loop through the swing side support 4 times, hand swing from the swing side support (Grandma gets a pass on this one), then 11 pushes of the bar on the baby swing and finally, finally……5 swings on the swing.  We did this three times and then I needed to sit down.  I was done...  But Zach was not.



Zach was just excited and wanted to play foot hockey now.  Ok..as soon as I catch my breadth…..  The Foot Hockey games has a yellow hollow plastic puck, 4 pieces of washable chalk (different colors than Obstacle Course) and directions.  I started to draw the field on the driveway and soon Zach wanted to help.  Fine with me.  I started the edges and he completed them.  We each drew our own goal area and wrote our name above it.  


Zach Drawing the Crayola Foot Hockey Crab 'n Go Sidewalk Chalk Game


We’re ready. Well the goal went flying on Zach’s first kick.  We quickly learned that it had to be hit gently….But not before I got a sharp hit in my leg.











Zach Gets a Goal in Foot Hockey Grab n Go Game


Overall these games were a lot of fun.  Since you draw the course yourself it can be as simple or difficult as you would like and is readily adjusted for different ages.  I didn’t expect that it was also the opportunity for creative play but Zach’s spontaneous expansion on the obstacle course demonstates that it is.  Bottom line assessment – Lots of fun, inexpensive, flexible but be prepared for a workout if you are a participant!

Giveaway Details
It is easy to enter and there are two ways. Both ways count as an entry so you get two entries if you do both.  I need to be able to contact you if you win. If you enter -  email me with your email address at marion@grandmachronicles.com.  I will not use your email address for anything except to notify you if you win.  Grandmother’s Honor.

1.      Leave a comment here on the blog 
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You can have two entries by doing both.  Deadline to enter: July 13, 2014 at midnight. The winner will be selected using random.org.

 This item can be sent to US addresses only.

Full Disclosure:  This review is completely my own opinion and I was not reimbursed for it.  I did receive a review sample. 


You can purchase the Grab ‘N Go Games at Amazon and other retailers.   Amazon links are provided below.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Zach's 5th Birthday Party - An Avengers Backyard Jamboree!!!



Nothing can beat  a backyard 5th birthday party on a perfect summer day.  And that’s the day and party Zach had for his fifth birthday in our backyard on Saturday.  Earlier in the week I made sure I had the ingredients for the cake that Zach and I would make on Friday.  I showed him the cake mix boxes and asked if he wanted yellow or chocolate and I was surprised when he said “Both.”  I explained that he had to choose which one he wanted, but he patiently explained that it should be both with two layers.  So, of course I agreed.  Next the topping – should it be white or chocolate?  Zach’s choice – blue.  Blue?  Yes, blue just like his friend’s birthday cake. Oh yes with red trim. I planned to buy ready made frosting.   I really am not much of a baker  or cake decorator and would just as soon just buy a birthday cake but Zach wants a homemade one just like his Mom always did.  Guess what?  I was in luck - they now have ready made blue icing  - it is raspberry flavor and delicious.  And Betty Crocker has a super easy to use cake decorating product. The party theme was the Avengers and his Mom had bought all the party goods including Avengers candles.   Here are Zach and I working and having fun together making the cake.


 Zach and I licking the beaters from the chocolate cake

Uh Oh....Getting Caught......





The birthday cake with blue icing, red trim and Avengers decorations---oh and strawberry filling between the yellow and chocolate layers
Zach wanted to put those candles on at every step and he was so happy to be able to complete this final step.

Zach's Mom was busy blowing up balloons, decorating and getting ready for the party while Zach and I had all the fun.  On Saturday, when the kids first arrived it was free play in the yard.....

The kids had a ball…or really lots of balls…  That's Zach in the orange shirt



 
After hot dogs and hamburgers it was time for the sprinkler
The birthday cake was enjoyed by everyone....

Especially Zach.....  Oh yes and the chocolate covered strawberries that Mommy made were delicious too