‘Twas a hot summer day with no hope to get any outdoor time in with the kiddos. In those hot summer months, or cold winters depending on where you live, we rely on indoor activities and sometimes it is tough coming up with ideas where the kids can be active and exhaust all their energy. If only I had a fraction of the energy my 3 year old has, but I digress.
My guy wanted to go to the park desperately, but it was far too hot to make that request happen. He was itching to do something active and jumping off of furniture was just not cutting it for either one of us. That’s when I got the idea of hopscotch and decided to make a hopscotch board in his playroom for both of us to play together.
Painter’s Tape. You could use Masking Tape as well since this comes off easily.
Optional: A stone, bean bag or something that can be tossed without rolling
Normally there are 10 blocks total, but you can build as many squares as you’d like on your hopscotch board. I incorporated more side-by-side boxes to make it age appropriate for my son. For older kids, you may want to make a longer board with more single boxes.
We wanted to enjoy it for a while, so we built this in the playroom, where we could just leave it on the floor for as long as we wanted. I typically have an area rug in that location, and it worked well to place the rug back on top of it when we weren’t playing, just to keep the playroom looking nice and neat.
We kept the rules pretty easy. We took turns hopping back and forth and it was good entertainment for both of us. We even incorporated the stoplight game where he would start hopping through and would have to freeze when I said “Red Light” and resume when I said “Green Light”. We took turns being the conductor.
Next time, we’ll use a small stone and incorporate some additional gaming element to it. How I played this as a youngster myself goes something like this: The player throws the stone onto one of the boxes without it touching the lines. If the stone falls on a line or outside of the board, she skips her turn. She hops through the boxes, and skips the box that has the stone. One foot only in each box. On the way back, the player should pick up the stone, skip that box and make it back to the start. If she steps on a line or is unable to skip the box, her turn ends and on to the next player.
There are a lot of variations you can make up as you go. It’s an oldie but goodie and served as a perfect afternoon activity with my little man. And I got in a smidge of exercise too!