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Creative Ways to Get the Most out of Your Blacktop

Getting outside is important wherever you live, and for those in cities, that may mean a sidewalk or pavement. Getting sunlight is key for everything from mood to overall health, and it's also fun. Here are four ways to get out and #BeanOutsiderintheCity.

1. Hopscotch

This classic never gets old, and can be a great way to get to know your neighbors. Challenge yourself or your family to come up with creative ways to make it more interesting! What are the fun jumps? How can we make it unique?

2. Chalk Art

Is there a budding artist in the family? Chalk artists are getting ultra-creative these days, creating realistic and abstract work in addition to the traditional hopscotch and heart shapes.

3. Jump Rope

Jumping rope is great cardiovascular exercise, but on its own, it can become a little dull. Fortunately, with online tutorials, kids can learn all sorts of tricks to keep them active and occupied. And there are tutorials for adults, too! Grab a friend and get jumping.

4. Life-Size Board Games

Many games can be more fun and more active when you move them outside. Block out a checkerboard on the sidewalk and use everyday objects to mark your moves, or draw out your favorite board on the blacktop using colorful chalk. The world is your game board.

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