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Take-Along Hopscotch

Make your own mat and play this traditional game anywhere, indoors or out.
 

Learning Benefits

Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Creativity
Imagination
Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills

What you need:

  • large roll of canvas
  • markers
  • crayons
  • paint
  • stencils (optional)
  • decorative materials

What to do:

  1. Unroll canvas out in front of you so that there is enough room to create a large hopscotch grid.
  2. Using a magazine as a guide, draw out eight squares in a traditional hopscotch arrangement — or invent your own layout. 
  3. You and your child can then write in the numbers in big block print, or in any style you like. You can use stencils if desired.
  4. Invite your child to color in the numbers with crayons or paint, and add any other desired decorations.
  5. With a hole punch, punch a hole at one end of your mat and thread a ribbon through to use as a closure for when you roll up the mat. 
  6. Make a small beanbag by filling a fabric sack or a sock with dry beans or rice. Tie it closed. Now you're ready to play!

Learning benefits:

  • Builds large- and small-motor skills
  • Encourages creativity

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