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Indoor Games: Hopscotch

Make a super-simple hopscotch mat for your children from a cheap carpet runner and a few other inexpensive materials. The only tools you'll need are a tape measure and a rolling pin.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

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 craft stores.

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Tape measure

You'll also need scissors and a rolling pin

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Carpet runner
    • Masking tape
    • Duct tape
    • Spray paint
    • Number stencils

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November 21, 12:43 PM [GMT -5]

Nice idea, however if you're already incorporating spray paint, why not also do the same with the lines themselves? Could probably use standard 8.5x11 paper (slightly trimmed?) to block off the parts you don't want painted. not sure how spray paint (for number or lines) would hold up to the forceful sneakers though.

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