Because I live in the Northwest part of the country, Iâ€™m constantly trying to find indoor activities to occupy my kids.Â The idea of bringing hopscotch indoors has bubbled in my head for a while and Iâ€™ve finally got it to materialize.Â I use a sewing machine to put the tiles together but fabric glue works just as well.
Supplies & Tools:
- Felt (9â€x12â€), 15-16 sheets
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Fabric glue, Example
- Cut 9 of your felt sheets so that they measure 9â€x10â€. A simple way to do this is to cut a 2â€ strip of paper.Â Use it as a stencil and rub chalk (or a marker) along the edge. Then cut and set these tiles aside. Also reserve one 9â€x12â€ sheet intact for the number 10.
- You can draw your numbers on the other felt sheets or use a stencil.Â I cut some out with paper and used the same chalk method from step 1. Then cut out the numbers.
- Skip to step 4 if youâ€™re using a sewing machine.Â Glue a number onto the center of each tile from step 1.Â Allow to dry then proceed to step 6.
- Center a number onto each tile from step 1. Then pin in place.
- Use a straight stitch to sew the numbers on.Â Try to sew about 1/8â€ from the numbersâ€™ edges.Â
- Lay out your hopscotch tiles on your carpet.Â If you have hardwood floors, be sure to set the tiles on a non-slip surface like a yoga mat.
- Youâ€™ll need something to be your marker like a little bean bag.Â If you donâ€™t have one, put a few tablespoons of dried beans or rice into a clean sock.Â Tie up the end with string or a rubber band.
This is definitely a great way to keep your kids active when youâ€™re stuck indoors.Â The tiles can be used for all sorts of games too.Â For my 3-year old, I setup the tiles in a circle and have him recite the numbers.Â I also ask him to start from 10 and work his way backwards.Â This way, heâ€™s not just saying the numbers from memory but actually deciphering the symbol.Â Of course, the classic game of hopscotch is fun too!
Have a hoppinâ€™ good time!
p.s. We linked up this week’s crafts at the Kid’s Co-Op Link Up!