Words to the X-Power


Build vocabulary by playing with a word and its synonyms. This fun chalk game can expand your knowledge, one word at a time.


1. Ask a teacher to help you find a large, safe outdoor area on which to play this word-power game.

2. Draw a large circle. Divide it into at least 6 equal wedges using different colors of Crayola Giant Sidewalk Chalk or Crayola Sidewalk Crayons.

3. Take turns standing in the center of the circle. Write one word at the top of each wedge in large block letters. Draw small, related sketches at the bottom of the wedge.

4. With each turn, write a word that has the same or similar meaning (synonym) to the word at the top of a wedge. Pass the chalk on to another. After wedges fill, add extension wedges around the outside. When a player can’t think of a word to add, it’s time to sit down. Keep playing until there is one champion wordsmith standing.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Outdoor Crafts—Choose safe outdoor areas, away from traffic and dangerous equipment. Close adult supervision is required.


  • Play the same game using homonyms or antonyms.
  • On paper, write a paragraph. Above each adjective, verb, noun, and adverb, write a synonym. Reread your paragraph and decide which words suit the story best. Write your final draft.
  • Visit www.Crayola.com for more grammar activities such as Mixed-Up Meanings and Slider Word Game.
  • Assessment: Did students write a variety of synonyms? Were they appropriately illustrated? Do students know the difference between a synonym and an antonym?

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crayola supplies
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sidewalk Crayons



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students review the meaning of synonym and identify examples of synonyms.

  • Students fabricate a challenging language arts game on the sidewalk.

  • Students build their vocabulary by playing a group word game.

  • Students develop interpersonal skills by playing together in a game situation.


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