Step 1: Materials
2 1/2 yds of canvas
acrylic craft paints in 3-5 colors
stiff 1/2" paint brush
a large bowl or pan approx 12" across - square, circle or rectangle
scissors & pencil
4" number stencils
sewing machine OR hot glue gun
4 fabric scraps & dried beans OR 4 smooth flat rocks
Step 2: Canvas
*If you don't sew, you could hot glue them under.
Step 3: Layout of Squares
Determine the center of your canvas width. Make some pencil dots to mark the center of the canvas. Measure your bowl so you can place it centered on the dots, or next to them for side-by-side double squares. Trace around the bowl in the desired hopscotch pattern. I alternated single, double, single, double...but another popular design for hopscotch is single, single, single, double, single, double, single, single.
Step 4: Painting
Step 5: Numbers
Measure the placement if you want to be precise--I'm more of an "eyeball-it" kind of girl. Holding the stencil with one hand, I dabbed the paint inside (not too thick!) and carefully peeled the cardboard away. Touch up any rough spots and fill in the gaps.
Step 6: Beanbags
Spoon in dried beans or rice so it is fairly full but not stuffed.
Now fold in the raw edges on the open side and stitch closed.
*If you don't sew, just find 4 clean rocks and paint them different colors.
Step 7: Playing Hopscotch
First player stands at end of mat and tosses her beanbag into the "1" square. Beanbag must land in the square--can't bounce out or land on the border. If successful, she hops OVER that square and must hop through the numbers up to 10, always with one foot in each square. Squares next to each other, like 2/3, are landed on together, but singles like 4 must be landed with one foot. She should hop up to 10, then turn around and hop back down, stopping with both feet in 2/3. She must lean over and retrieve her beanbag, then hop into 1 and off the mat. Now, she tosses the beanbag into "2." If it lands successfully, she hops onto 1, then 3, then 4, 5/6, and up to 10. Again, turn and hop back down, pausing on the number before "2", and leaning over to retrieve the beanbag and finish hopping back to 1.
If the player lands on a line, loses their balance or misses a square, their turn is over. She must try that number again her next turn. Player 2 then starts with 1. The game is won when a player gets up to 10 and successfully hops through the numbers and back to 1 with the beanbag in hand.
Now your Hopscotch mat is ready for some energy-burning, family fun!