Now days CJ is getting interested in Hopscotch game! So I wanted to make a indoor Hopscotch play mat for her. In one of my previous posts, we had upcycled half portion of a toysrus multipurpose blanket to a Tape road Play mat. This weekend CJ and I converted the other half to a hopscotch mat. We used masking tape to create the grids and the numbers.
As I had mentioned in my previous post, tape road play mat, the advantage of using blanket is after the hours of play we can roll it up or fold it and get it out of the way temporarily. Especially for the people like us who leave in apartments and have space constraints. When the blanket gets dirty, you can peel off the tapes, wash it and make a new one.
We used the hopscotch mat to play different games
One,Two,Buckle My Shoe Nursery Rhyme - We used the Number grids to sing and pretend play the rhyme
One, Two, Buckle my shoe - Place one leg on grid 1 and other leg on grid 2. Recite the phrase and pretend buckling action
Three, Four, Shut the door- Move to grid 3 and grid 4. Recite the phrase and pretend closed door action by crossing the hands or use a Toy door to do the closing action
Five, Six, Pick up the sticks/Pens - Move to grid 5 and grid 6. Recite the phrase and Pick up the sticks from the mat
Seven, Eight, Lay them straight - Move to grid 7 and grid 8. Recite the phrase and lay the sticks on the mat
Nine, Ten, Begin Again - Move to grid 9 and grid 10. Recite the phrase and Go back to grid 1 and 2. Repeat the play until you get tired
It's a good counting practice rhyme. You can also make your own Count down Phrases too and have fun.
Hopscotch game - Wikipedia Link
Read and Do the action game - Place small pieces of paper/Strips of paper with a word of action in each grid. Let the kid read it out and do the action.
Grid 1 - Jump
Grid 2 - Dance
Grid 3 - Wiggle
Grid 4 - Laugh
Grid 5 - Shake
Grid 6 - Hop
Grid 7 - Hug
Grid 8 - Up and Down
Grid 9 - Sit
Grid 10 - Run
March is National Reading Month and we are also reading Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.