We have a summer house a stone throw away from the beach but it is no fun sitting in the rain. Instead I have to think up ideas that can entertain young minds as a mother of a 2.5year old and the aunt to two young kids who are also on their holidays and live next door.
Today it was indoor Hopscotch! But with a twist…. of course the twist is to be as environmentally friendly as it can be and to also entertain kids for as long as possible – it was nearing my coffee break!! You can purchase the indoor floor mats with the numbers already on but these are bulky to store and aren’t as environmentally friendly as paper sheets and crayons. The DIY approach also is more entertaining and fun but they won’t take up much car space when going on holidays.
Hopscotch is a very common game played all over the world it was a favorite of mine as a child. It dates back to the 17th century in England and is thought to have been invented by the Chinese or Romans. It is a simple game to play and is easy for children of all ages to enjoy.
What you need for the DIY:
- 10 sheets of paper can be colored or plain
- Sello tape
- an object for throwing like a shoe polish tin, bean bag or coin
- lots of time & wet weather!! 🙂
Method for creating the course:
- Draw out the numbers 1 through 10 on individual sheets
- Stick the numbers in the sequence shown in my pictures to the floor. (1 on its own then 2,3 side by side and so on).
- Make sure you pick a room that has ample space as there will be lots of hopping and jumping children and you don’t want any accidents!
- This is where the fun begins. Get the children to colour in all the numbers and make sure they colour every single one before the game of hopscotch can begin.
- Each child takes a turn of tossing the object onto each number starting with number 1. The object must land in the square before the child can start
- Hopping on one leg in the single squares i.e. 1, 4,7,10
- Landing on both legs in the double squares i.e. 2&3, 5&6, 8&9
- Turning on 10 and working their way back down the course
- The object of the game is to skip the square that the object is in. But this can be altered depending on the skill and age of the children playing.
- The players turn ends if they toss the object out of the squares, miss the numbers in sequence or fall over when hopping
- The most important thing is to have fun and take turns.