I remember my next-door neighbor had this great, big, flat driveway and the neighborhood kids would all play "Chalk City." We each got to draw one house and one store that we "owned" and then would go around buying chalk pets, art, jewelry and clothes. I owned the chalk ice cream store and would sell ice cream in all different colors. By the end we were all covered in chalk – and so was our neighbor’s driveway!
– Julie, Volunteer & AmeriCorps Coordinator
– Mary, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator
– Janice, Executive Director
I remember playing "Rock Shop" with my two older sisters at our summer beach in Jamestown. We would take beach rocks and shells of various sizes, shapes, colors and determine prices based on how rare or special we thought each one was. We would write the prices on them with chalk and arrange them on the boardwalk as the 'storefront.' Then we took turns as the shop owner and the customer, pretending to be on vacation and shopping for just the right souvenir! It's a game that has components of creative play, sorting, math and just plain old-fashioned summer fun. It’s a great memory I have with my sisters and one I am happy to share with my own daughter.
– Cynthia, Experience Coordinator