An easy indoor hopscotch – an indoor, rainy day gross motor activity!
When the weather is great, and kids are playing outside, those important gross motor activities just kind of naturally happen through though regular play and exercise. What about winter time though? Or rainy days? It’s not so easy for kids to expend their energy and use their muscles in a big way when they’re indoors. I love making homemade toys for the hooligans, so this easy indoor hopscotch was fun to put together for those days when the weather has us cooped up inside.
Gather up some cardboard that’s headed for the recycle box, and I’ll show you how it’s done.
Making an indoor hopscotch from your recyclables:
Save up your jumbo cereal boxes and frozen pizza boxes, until you’re happy with the size of the indoor hopscotch that they’ll make.
I used the inside panels of some pizza boxes for several of my squares, and the rest I cut from a large sheet of white cardboard that I had on hand. My hopscotch squares are approximately 12″ x 12″.
Arrange your squares on the floor and get hopping! Having your child arrange the hopscotch is a great way to work on counting skills and number recognition.
We used our hopscotch on carpet downstairs, and on the mat that you see here on the main floor, and the squares didn’t slide around too much. If you’re going to try this on a wood floor, make sure you test first to see how slippery this might be. I would advise running a few lines of puffy paint along the back of the squares if you’re concerned about the cardboard sliding. I know several moms who use this method to “slip-proof” their children’s socks.
And that, my friends, is all there is to making an indoor hopscotch game! What a great way to get the kids moving when the weather’s too nasty for them to be outside!
For more fun indoor play ideas, check out this awesome collection of 30+ stuck inside games and activities by Kids Activities Blog!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.