We went back outside and I explained to her what I was doing and went to work. I used 3 large pieces of chalk to create my masterpiece and can I just say it was AWESOME! She loved it and it got HOURS of play before the rain washed it away. 2 others have been created in its place (and washed away as well) and I'm pretty sure we're going to have a sidewalk road and town all summer long.
It took about 3-5 minutes to draw the road and then a few more to draw little places from around town. I put several items that are on our car mat and then asked her for more suggestions. She wanted 2 parks, Costco, a coffee shop (which she named "Have a Nellie Sue"), Trader Joe's, the mall, our house, the farm and the farmer's market. I also drew Hy-Vee, Target, a swimming pool and some fountains we go to during the summer.
I played, too by running along the road and pushing the dump truck. She'd start at one end while I started at the other and we'd race to each other. When I reached her I'd swoop her up and spin her around. We had SO much fun!
See the growth in the bottom left picture? She used it as a carwash for her tractor until sadly on Saturday the neighbor cut it down. She asked the Farmer "Why did you cut down the carwash?!"
I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner! It's cheap, simple and she LOVES it!