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Indoor Hopscotch!

20 April 2010 15,354 views 9 Comments

by Care

Just as my boys were getting back into playing out in the backyard for hours on end, we ended up with a few days in a row of nothing but RAIN!  They certainly had a case of cabin fever...  and when they weren't fighting with each other they were running around like crazies through the house!  They seemed to localize their energy in the kitchen -- and started hopping from square to square.  It seemed perfectly fitting that we turn it into a big game of hopscotch! 

Project Estimate:

  • electrical tape, on hand or $1 (I found a 4-pack of colored electrical tape at my dollar store a little while back!)
  • small fabric scraps (for bean bag), on hand
  • dry beans, on hand

Total:  free and up!

STEP ONE:  Start by creating your hopscotch board.  I used my tiles as the squares and simply added numbers made from electrical tape.  (Electrical tape is the perfect media for the numbers -- it's non-slip for little jumpers, you can stretch around curves for those curvy numbers, and it peels right back off!  I tested mine by having it up for an entire week -- and it peeled right off without leaving any residue!)  There are many possible configurations of the numbers for hopscotch!

STEP TWO:  Cut two squares of fabric for your bean bag.  I cut mine 4".  Sew around, right sides together, leaving a couple inches on one side for turning and filling.

STEP THREE:  Turn it right side out and topstitch around the three finished sides.

STEP FOUR:  Fill with beans!  I find that somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 full is just about right to get that satisfying SMACK when you toss it!

STEP FIVE:  Turn your raw edges in and topstitch the opening closed.

Ta-Da!  I made two in about four minutes -- including the time it took to stop and take photos along the way!

STEP SIX:  Give your child a bean bag and turn him loose on the course!

Caroline Sanchez (Care) has been sewing since her mom taught her the basics at around six years old.  She has always been driven to CREATE, even from a very young age.  She is mommy to two little boys and one baby girl, and almost every spare moment she has is spent in her sewing room or working on her blog, Obsessively Stitching. 

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  • Jen said:

    Great idea for a rainy day! My girls actually have a hopscotch carpet that we get out.

  • pam said:

    Now where were you and all your great ideas while I was actually raising children???? I loved hop scotch when I was a kid – even turned our driveway into one huge very long hop scotch grid!

    But this! Too much fun. Hummmmm. I have a kitchen floor. I have tape. I wonder if hop scotch is considered a good exercise for keeping in shape!

  • heather said:

    Great hopping action shot! :) Fun! We need lots of rainy day activities in our repertoire in Oregon!

  • Erin said:

    This is SUCH a fun idea! My girls love hopscotch!

  • Amanda said:

    Fun idea Heather! Bet they had a blast :)

  • Rachel said:

    What a fun idea, I love this! And I’ll be linking!

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  • chic crafter said:

    This is fun. I used to play this when I was a kid but now kids are more into electronic stuff. I think this is the best way to keep them away sitting too long in our family room. Thanks for sharing this you are awesome!