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Winter Activity #2 - Indoor Hopscotch

By January 16, 2013

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My older son is one of those kids who gets antsy indoors. He is super-active and loves playing outside.

A picture of a boy playing hopscotch in the house
Play indoor hopscotch all year long.
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This is not a good combo in the winter months when we're trapped in the house. So I'm always coming up with ideas for things we can do to burn off some of that endless energy.

Our newest activity is indoor hopscotch. Here's how it works.

Oh, how this simple jumping game has been a lifesaver! He's having loads of fun and even old mom is getting some exercise in.

All you need is some tape to get started. We've used both painter's tape and masking tape when we've played.

The painter's tape adds color to the game but the masking tape sticks to carpet better. Neither tape leaves your flooring sticky, though.

In fact, we've had our latest masking tape hopscotch design on the carpet in my son's bedroom for a week now. I peel back some of the tape every day to make sure it's not hurting the carpet and so far, so good.

For a hopscotch marker, you can make your own or use a small toy. We're using a rubbery frog as our hopscotch marker.

We leave the frog next to our game and every morning we wake up to the sounds of my son playing hopscotch in his room. We play indoor hopscotch together twice a day, every day. He's not bored with the game yet!

Our hopscotch design uses squares, stars, triangles and other shapes to make it more interesting. By using tape, we can easily change our design.

You can make a more elaborate game with carpet squares or cardboard. But with tape, you don't have to worry about the kids slipping when they jump.

You won't have to wonder where you'll store the game when it's not in use either. Just rip up the tape when you're done.

Indoor hopscotch is a cheap and easy activity for kids. The $5 roll of tape I bought has provided us hours and hours of fun.

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Comments
January 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(1) Dana says:

What a neat idea. With more snow on the way at our house, I will have to dig out our painter’s tape to give this a try. Desigining the hopscotch layout alone will keep our kids busy for a while!

January 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm
(2) kaye says:

good idea–and thanks for stopping by today. Do you write regularly for about.com?

January 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm
(3) Apryl says:

Hi Kaye,

I’ve been with About.com since 2000. I was the Advertising Guide for 9 years before becoming the Stay-at-Home Moms Guide in 2009. (I worked in advertising and PR for more than 10 years pre-kids.)

Please drop by anytime. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog posts and getting to know you!

Apryl Duncan
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January 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(4) Life with Kaishon says:

That looks like a lot of fun : ) Glad you found this snow day boredom buster!

January 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm
(5) Wanderdust says:

I know this is crazy, but what are the actual rules of hopscotch? You roll the marker onto one of the numbers, but then what do you do? Hop a certain number of hops to get to it or what? I feel stupid for asking, but no one actually ever told me how to play…

January 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(6) Apryl says:

Great question! Here’s a video that explains the rules of hopscotch:

http://video.about.com/grandparents/Learn-How-to-Play-Hopscotch.htm

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