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Lay out the numbers, then paint
Blustery days don’t have to be boring if
you make your kids this super-easy hopscotch
mat! All you need is a 10-ft. utility
runner with a nonskid back, duct tape,
number stencils and spray paint. Home
centers sell utility runners by the foot ($2
to $3 per linear foot depending on the
color). Number stencils come in a variety
of type styles and sizes at art supply and
The toughest part is getting the 10 boxes
measured evenly. Our 10-ft. runner is 3 ft.
wide, so each box is 12 in. long and 18 in.
wide. Cut and place the duct tape where
you want it and press it down firmly
(Photo 1). Then tape each number in the
center of its box (Photo 2). Mask off the
areas around the numbers when you
spray the paint onto the stencils. Let it dry
overnight and get hopping in the morning!
Use beanbags, Koosh balls (shown),
stuffed animals or other soft toys instead
of stones so you don’t scratch wood floors
or other inside surfaces. When everyone’s
done playing, roll up the mat and store it
for next time.