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Hopscotch Mat

Days of winter weather can make kids stir-crazy. When cabin fever strikes, clear some floor space and roll out an indoor hopscotch mat. This ancient British game was used for military training exercises at the time of the Roman Empire; kids eventually became its most passionate devotees, because it's just plain fun.
Martha Stewart Kids, 2001

Comments (22)

  • Mrs_Bristle 1 Mar, 2013

    We've used white chalk and drawn a hopscotch directly onto the carpet. The boys also like to draw a court and play indoor handball. (Slight change in rules: played kneeling on carpet. Hit a ball above shoulder height and you're out!)
    The chalk vacuums up when they're done. I don't think I'd use colored chalk though.

  • 1Toffy 24 Mar, 2009

    As this is described as indoor, why not designate a Church Room or space and paint it on the floor.

  • manitougirl 22 Mar, 2009

    our school or churchs have banned activities such as these as being unsafe. The rubber mat may not slide on the floor but the game slides on the rubber mat. Whey not put the numbers directly onto interlocking rubber mats available at most big box stores or toy stores,

  • Wulfs 20 Mar, 2009

    I made one for my classroom using a shower curtain.

  • Wulfs 20 Mar, 2009

    I made one for my classroom using a shower curtain.

  • Anarie 20 Mar, 2009

    For tennisacademyva, the first website I found by googling "primed canvas" sells an appropriate width at well under $5 a yard. With a little shopping around, I'm sure it's available for less. It would be hard to make this project cost MORE than $30. Compared to other kids' toys... ??? I'm not even entirely sure where "the Hamptons" is, but even I could manage this.

  • barbiegirl216 19 Mar, 2009

    Another fun idea - make the hopscotch on the smooth side of a sheet of bubble wrap and tape it to the floor or even the sidewalk with duct tape. Might not want to do it inside the house if you want to avoid a severe headache, but the kids LOVE IT!

  • chericentaur 19 Mar, 2009

    tennisacademyva
    3/19/09 at 1:34 p.m. ET
    That's a great idea, BUT primed canvas is not exactly cheap! I'll have to save this idea for when I get my house in the Hamptons :D
    Tennisacademyva
    If you check out comments 6, 8, and 9 all of these gals have cheaper and easier ways to do this. We do hopscotch math in our gifted and talented classes at our elementary school (2nd n n n n n n 5th) and have different mats for each series of multiplication. 1X2=2, 2X2=4, through the 10n n n n n n s, although the 4th 5th

  • tennisacademyva 19 Mar, 2009

    That's a great idea, BUT primed canvas is not exactly cheap! I'll have to save this idea for when I get my house in the Hamptons :D

  • tennisacademyva 19 Mar, 2009

    That's a great idea, BUT primed canvas is not exactly cheap! I'll have to save this idea for when I get my house in the Hamptons :D

  • tennisacademyva 19 Mar, 2009

    That's a great idea, BUT primed canvas is not exactly cheap! I'll have to save this idea for when I get my house in the Hamptons :D

  • sew 19 Mar, 2009

    I think this is a great idea for a church or school classroom when you can't go outside!

  • anniequinn 19 Mar, 2009

    good idea - those looking for templates, just open up a word processor (like MS Word), type in your numbers and adjust font type and size to what you want. Print and voila!

  • debbieperr 19 Mar, 2009

    I used the heaviest plastic sold at the fabric stores (I think this is used to cover tablecloths) and then colorful plastic tape for the outlines. Use the peel and stick numbers or paint them on. The heavy plastic doesn't slide, but I put carpet rubber on the corners. It rolls up easily.

  • happy_to_be_here 1 Jan, 2009

    In my opinion, instructions on this site are generally obscure. Happy New Year Everyone.

  • tinkonthebrink 30 Dec, 2008

    Oh my gosh, it's hopscotch, they're numbers, we used to draw them on the sidewalk with chalk. You really don't need a template, do you? We actually draw a hopscotch board on the floor inside my house with chalk during the rainy times and sweep it right up when we're done, but this is nice.

  • bkm421 2 Aug, 2008

    I made something like this for my dd with a yoga mat and some colorful electrical tape. I secure the mat with quick release painters tape when she wants to play to keep the corners down.

  • meltons1 23 Apr, 2008

    Where are the template for the mat, I can't find them anywhere ?

    meltons1

  • HappyHoneybee 10 Apr, 2008

    The TV show said that the number templates would be on the website for the Hopscotch Mat. I have looked for them and cannot locate.

  • kellimaier 11 Jan, 2008

    Great idea! I wouldn't really want a template for this because of the size and printing at home restrictions. I would use some large number stencils and just make one from acetate for the lines. ( A short line to be used over and over would work...not TOO short, but something of manageable size...say 18 inches long.) An airbrush would be ideal for this...much faster.

  • azsuz 9 Jan, 2008

    The number template I'm looking for goes with the Kids Hopscotch Mat

  • azsuz 9 Jan, 2008

    The numbers template is not shown on the site as announced on the TV show. Is it available?