Family Time Calendar: Heartfelt Hopscotch

Bring some summer fun indoors this winter with our hopscotch game. Your kids will enjoy this every step of the way -- from drawing the hopscotch board to playing. Not only will it help them burn off the sugar ya-yas from too much Valentine's candy, but it will also help them learn how to recognize and order numbers, plus practice their gross motor skills, such as jumping.

What you'll need:
Large roll of butcher or craft paper
Masking tape
Marker pens
Very small stuffed animal

What you'll do:

  • Lay an eight-foot piece of craft paper down on the floor and secure it well on each side with masking tape. You don't want this to slip around.

  • Have your kids draw out a hopscotch board and number each square. (Help them if they need it.)

  • Now it's time to play. Kids take turns tossing the small stuffed animal onto the hopscotch board. Be sure to have them yell out what number it landed on. The idea is to hop along on the board and bend down to pick up the stuffed toy, then keep hopping. Little kids may find this sort of coordination a little difficult, and you may want to forgo the stuffed toy and just have them count their way up the board. Have them hop backwards while counting backwards down the hopscotch board. Or yell out a number and see if they can skip over it.

  • If the board starts to rip or get dirty, just make a new one.

 

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