Friday, February 08, 2008

Hopscotch, Anyone?

It occurred to me the other day that my children have never really played hopscotch. Why, you ask? Because we have a brick sidewalk. The bumpiness of the bricks makes it nearly impossible to draw on, shovel, ride a scooter, etc.

I felt almost as if poor Spenser was being denied one of my fondest childhood memories. Hopscotch. My sister, neighbor, and I would play hopscotch all the time in front of our house. I remember even playing in the rain (running up to the front porch in between turns) before the rain washed away our game.

Thus, I decided we needed indoor hopscotch.

I used regular pre-cut craft felt (two layers) and hand appliqued the numbers on and the blocks together. And, if you can see in the top photo, matching "rocks" or bean bags. The felt is "sticking" to our carpet very nicely. I will just have to warn the children of taking it to dangerous, more slippery, hardwood floor areas in our house.


I just finished late last night and the children have already eagerly tested it out. We need to review the rules (they don't get it yet).

24 comments:

nikki said...

Very cool! It looks like it was a lot of work though.

LK said...

What a great idea. I want to make one! Would make a great gift, too. BTW I tagged you for a meme - check it out on my blog. It was fun, so if you have the time...(I have no idea how you accomplish ALL that you do!)

Lora said...

That's a great idea!!

miss chris said...

With six kiddos, how do you get it all done?? This, my dear, is darling!! How clever. Those numbers are great -- did you trace them onto the felt? Because I've never had much luck with that...

Great job, momma!

laeroport said...

so very cute. The Daring Book for Girls has a whole section on Hopscotch with official rules and variations on the grid. Just in case you needed to know. :)

One Sweet Life said...

oh my goodness ... awesome, awesome idea! Those kids are so lucky!!! :)

beki said...

what a cute idea! We have a foam - puzzle piece one, but I've always hated it.

kirsten said...

cute, cute, lera!

we had a similar one for a while - made from carpet samples - not as cute as yours!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

What a GREAT idea! Soooo cute and soooo original. You come up with the most creative ideas!

Stacey said...

Awesome idea....did you make the bags too? I may just have to borrow your idea for my house as well!

diana said...

Great idea!! i will need to make one!!!!

Beth said...

What a great idea! I must admit I got a little sad reading your post...I, too, have great memories of summer afternoons playing hopscotch on the driveway. We have a long gravel driveway -- no hopscotch for Jaxon there!

Emily said...

Admire your resources Lera! A fantastic idea in keeping old kids games alive and around!

hooli said...

now THAT is an awesome idea. very cute and executed expertly

Little Munchkins said...

They bring back great memories. I too used to play for hours with my friends and it was my favourite game for years.

Gail :) said...

I have to say I love your hopscotch! I made some for Christmas gifts last year and yours are so much cuter! The felt is a terrific idea! I am new to blogging, and I have to say I have been admiring your blog for some time. You are truly an inspiration!

Tonya said...

Love it! I may have to make one of these, I love the colors : )

Melanie said...

lovely idea. I've just found your blog while brousing. What photogenic children too. That picture of the baby minus trousers is just priceless. The number of times similar things have happened liek that to us!

jessi said...

what a great idea - your ingenious!

craftyclaire said...

That is so cool, what a great idea. Love it!!! In response to another comment, when I need numbers/ letters, I print them out from the PC and then cut round them, for a uniform and more "professional" look!

amandajean said...

what a GREAT idea!!!

Chara Michele said...

such a cute idea!

FinnyKnits said...

Oh that is an awesome idea, Lera!

This would be great for my goddaughter who lives in Phoenix where the summertime heat can mean a lot of indoor play days.

I wonder if I sewed rug stays to the back if it would stay in place on hardwood?

Blondie said...

Lera-
I love this idea... and you saved yourself big money doing this! I was looking at something else and came across this same idea: http://www.flor.com/service/flor/shop_by_detail_rug.html?id=JjDzcRUn&mv_arg=R136000011%2d98279_Hopskotch

Great job!