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Make Your Stoop a Play Zone With These Awesome Sidewalk Toys

No outdoor space? No problem. Make your stoop or sidewalk into your own personal playground with these toys for city kids.

Deena Campbell · 2 months ago

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Sidewalks and front stoops are a city family's sanctuary. Where else can you go to unwind while still catching the latest neighborhood news? And for kids, the sidewalk is even more exciting. It’s a place where neighborhood besties gather while learning (or teaching) the latest childhood games. 

That’s why we gathered a list of tried-and-true family activities and toys for city stoops and sidewalks that make the scorching hot days of summer a bit more bearable. Just promise us you’ll make up your own rules for extra fun. Let the games begin!

Areaware Blockitecture: Big City

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Areaware

Calling all architects! Blocks are the perfect open-ended play toys; there’s truly no limit to the things you can build. These hexagonal blocks make it easy for kids to create towers, cities and dwellings all inspired by their own neighborhoods. Bring this set out to the sidewalk and dare to imagine the kind of city you'd build.

Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition

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Cards Against Humanity

Funny, kid-friendly games are a staple for every family’s collection, and this is a favorite to play while lounging on your front steps. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. Fair warning: You'll laugh hard enough that the neighbors are going to want to join in.

Crayola Sidewalk Chalk

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Crayola

The ultimate city kid sidewalk toy, a fresh box of sidewalk chalk opens up a wide range of things for kids to do — draw tic tac toe, hopscotch, or even your name. This colorful chalk is especially unique in that it has an anti-roll shape to prevent it from rolling down driveways or other inclined surfaces.

Rocket Box Jacks

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Rocket Box

If classic, traditional games rank high on your fam's fun list, jacks (also known as knucklebones, jackstones, and fivestones) should have a permanent spot in your grab-and-go sidewalk toy collection. This set includes 10 gold and silver colored jacks and two red balls that offer hours of entertainment — once you get the hang of it of course. 

Melissa & Doug Pick-Up Sticks

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Melissa & Doug

Pick-up sticks is a classic game with vintage appeal that's perfect for livening up lazy afternoons on the stoop. Teams or individuals compete against each other to pick up sticks one at a time without moving other sticks. Believe me, the game is just as challenging as it sounds!

We Move Sports Bowling Set

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We Move Sports

When you're looking to level up your outdoor play area but don’t want to spend tons of money, look to a foam bowling set for cheap and cheerful fun. Place the pins along your sidewalk (or down your steps if you’re up for the challenge) and get ready to roll.

Adjustable Jump Rope

Who needs modern technologies when you can play with a jump rope? We love this one because it’s made of soft segmented beads so it wont get tangled. And the length is adjustable, so it’s truly great for the entire fam. Play in teams with a group, or just head out to the sidewalk for a solitary skip sesh. Jump-rope rhymes not included.

Gazillion Bubbles Rolling Wave Bubble Machine

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Gazillion

What would summertime in the city be without bubbles? This bubble machine does the hard work for you: Just press the on button and watch an endless stream of bubbles flow from the top. Instant bubble block party!

Rainbow Scooter

When it comes to outdoor fun, it’s hard to top a ride-on. The gym-class favorite rainbow scooter is a great budget alternative to traditional scooters. You can’t stand while using it, but it’s awesome for seated relay races, scooter hockey, tag and just joyriding around.