Spreading Positivity

Express yourself with chalk and spread some happiness in your community


Spreading positivity is a brilliant way to brighten up other people’s days and to feel good yourself too. This is all about expressing yourself in chalk – and sharing your creativity with your wider community.

What makes you feel good?

What sort of things make you feel positive and happy? Make a list – it can be as long or as short as you like.

Two children with chalk arrow

Here are a few ideas:

  • A hug
  • A cup of tea on a cold day
  • A complement from a stranger
  • Sharing a joke
  • Playing a game
  • A message of love
  • Running really fast
  • Being good at something
  • A secret just for me
  • Cats
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Spending time with friends


Spreading Positivity

The idea is to spread your positivity – how can you share some of the things on your list with others? Why not use chalk to leave messages on your front wall, pavement, or another space such as a path in the park?

You could…

Make a treasure hunt

Draw arrows for unsuspecting people to find and maybe follow – could you put a drawing of something that makes you happy as the ‘prize’ at the end?

Write messages and draw pictures

Draw some things that make you happy, or write a message for someone to see. It could be about something that makes you smile, or a joke to share, or a complement.

Child writing chalk message children chalk social distancing

Make a Game

You could draw out a game on the floor.  Make up your own one with instructions like “run to the next tree as fast as you can” or ” throw a stone into the circle from this line” or something like hopscotch that people might already know.

Share a message of hope and thanks

There may be lots of people in your community you would like to thank and whose day might be brightened by seeing your message. People working in the health service, or collecting your bins, teachers or others who help you out.

Secret Messages

Sometimes the best way to share positivity is with a quiet smile.  Are there places where you could write a tiny message – maybe just one word like ‘hope’ or ‘love’ or draw a small image like a heart, star or rainbow? As people are walking by they might spot one in an unusual place and it could bring a smile to their face for a moment.

Take it Further

This activity was inspired by our friends Place2Be’s annual Children’s Mental Health Week. They have loads of resources and activities about spreading positivity and expressing yourself.

If you enjoyed this activity, why not try out Postcards of Kindness or set some books free with a book swap.

This is a weekly challenge activity. Why not share a photo of what you achieve on social media using the hashtag #DreamBigAtHome?

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