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Pet Activities


Sidewalk Pet Portraits
Get out your chalk and create a sidewalk pet portrait.
Get out your chalk and create a sidewalk pet portrait.
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Create sidewalk pet portraits, and show the world the great pets that live in your neighborhood. Dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, birds -- whatever the pet, you can create its portrait on the sidewalk.

What You'll Need:

  • Sidewalk
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Neighborhood pets

Step One: Take out the sidewalk chalk and let your kids' drawings tell the story. That big spider down the street is scary but sweet -- chalk up each of his eight legs.

Step Two: Great Danes aren't called "great" for nothing. Draw it extra large. What's the prettiest songbird in your tree? Let your drawings tell the story. Then sit back and watch the neighbors smile.

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