Chalk has gotten a bad rap this summer. First, a handful of Denver residents tried to ban scribbling on the sidewalk. Then, last week, a mom from Richmond, VA was sentenced to community service for letting her daughter draw on rocks.

Before the kids go back to school, we thought it was time to celebrate this quintessential summertime activity. Chalk is portable, holds a child's attention for more than ten whole minutes (usually), and easier to clean up than play-doh or markers that have come in contact with the couch. (Thank you, rain.) And, as it turns out, highly imaginative families are putting a whole new spin on what you can create with chalk, resulting in awesome images.

One mom, Michelle, who blogs at Burgh Baby has posted a gallery of her creations. The photos include her daughter Alexis swimming in a chalk sea, fighting a chalk dragon, flying over a chalk city ... and more. Below, we've collected a set of her coolest shots along with other stunning chalk creations.

Click through the gallery, and if you have a photo of your kids posing with their drawings, add your own!

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  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.toutpetitpixel.com" target="_hplink">Tout Petit Pixel Photographie</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.jenniferhelenephoto.com/blog/i-heart-faces9-26-10/" target="_hplink">Jennifer White</a>, Jennifer Helene Photography)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2011/09/kindergarten.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlueCricketDesign+%28Blue+Cricket+Design%29" target="_hplink">Blue Cricket Design</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/2012/06/crafty-how-to-fathers-day-photo.html" target="_hplink">Crafty Texas Girls</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://kellehampton.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Kelle Hampton Photography</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://kellehampton.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Kelle Hampton Photography</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://kellehampton.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Kelle Hampton Photography</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://kellehampton.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Kelle Hampton Photography</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

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  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/09/chalk-drawing-picture-props.html" target="_hplink">Juggling With Kids</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

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  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

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  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

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  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.theburghbaby.com/adventures-in-chalk/adventures-in-chalk/" target="_hplink">burgh baby</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.craftinterrupted.com/2012/06/adventures-in-creative-chalk-photos.html" target="_hplink">Craft, Interrupted</a>)

  • Cool Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

    (<a href="http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/09/chalk-drawing-picture-props.html" target="_hplink">Juggling With Kids</a>)

  • 2012 Summer Olympic Games

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ashlyellis5"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ashlyellis5">ashlyellis5</a>:<br />My kids, niece, and nephews supporting the 2012 summer olympic games. My daughter, Londyn, was this inspiration for this as she was born in 2012. We also named her Londyn. She was born with Spina Bifida. she is our champ!

  • Zaidyn, the 2012 Olympic Gymnast

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ashlyellis5"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ashlyellis5">ashlyellis5</a>:<br />www.ashlylaynephoto.com

  • Deep Sea Diver!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Laurel_Mayer_Hasner"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/898135402/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Laurel_Mayer_Hasner">Laurel Mayer Hasner</a>:<br />

  • Princess friends

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Laurel_Mayer_Hasner"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/898135402/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Laurel_Mayer_Hasner">Laurel Mayer Hasner</a>:<br />