London Calling! A Sidewalk Chalk Game

We all have buckets of sidewalk chalk. How about a fun game putting yours to use.

London Calling is a classic pavement game, a cross between hangman and shuffleboard, and  inexplicably named London.

What You Need
  • Chalk
  • Stone, bottle cap, or other small markers
Instructions
  1. To make the playing field, use chalk to draw a 3- by 5-foot rectangle, then divide it into seven sections as shown. Draw a semicircle on one end and write London inside.
  2. From a spot at the bottom of the box, players take turns sliding or rolling a stone, bottle cap, or other small marker up the board. When a player’s marker lands completely inside a space, he begins drawing a person, starting with a circle head, in that space. (Players can keep track of their people by initialing them or using different colors of chalk.)
  3. On subsequent turns, if a player lands in a space where he has drawn a head, he adds a body to it, then a leg, then another leg. When he completes one chalk person (with a head, a body, and two legs), he begins another person in the space the next time he lands there. If a player lands in London, he gets to add a head to one of the seven spaces or to add a body part to one of the people he has already started.
  4. If a player lands in a space where he has three complete people, he draws a line through them to represent linked arms. The winner is the first player to draw three linked people in every space.
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