Winter is the perfect time to get extra silly by bringing a classic outdoor game inside—indoor hopscotch!
We created our own indoor hopscotch game board using masking tape.
Indoor Hopscotch Game: Fun for the Whole Family
We used masking tape to create the hopscotch board on the floor. Hard floors are definitely best for this activity. After creating the board, it was time to get playing. My kids play hopscotch outdoors, so they immediately got hopping since they knew what to do. We also added in some fun variations, like:
- Hop on every number
- Hop the ‘count down’ (10 to 1)
- Throw a bean bag or sock and skip that number
- Hop on the evens/odd or count by 3
- Jump from 1-2 to 4-5 (skip the single boxes)
- Try to “add” the numbers (jump on the ‘1’ and ‘2’ and shout out ‘equals 3’)
I decided it would be fun to also use the indoor hopscotch board in four totally different ways.
We wanted to get everyone up and moving!
- Body Movements
I wrote out ten body movements on sticky notes and put them in a bowl. We used jump, hop, rub belly, pat head, wave arms, shake hips, hug, blow kisses, hop, spin around, but you can add in whatever you like. We threw our bean bag on a number and picked a movement from the bowl. Place the movement in the box and do your silly move that number of times (e.g. Jump 5 times). When you fill up all the boxes with your silly movements you can start at 1 and make your way to 10! If you use “spin” try to make sure it gets placed on a low number or, you may end up too dizzy to keep playing
- Wind Down and Build
After this silly activity, we decided to try something different to wind down! This time I challenged my children to build magna-tile towers in each box to the height of the box number. As my son pointed out, the little numbers were ‘a piece of cake’ so he let his little sister start there while he started at the higher end.
- Hopscotch Twister
When my kids woke up from their naps, they were thrilled to find another variation on our indoor hopscotch board. I wrote out ten numbers and ‘left hand’ ‘left foot’ ‘right hand’ and ‘right foot’ and put them in two different bowls (basically, hopscotch meets twister). I picked one from each bowl and my children had to place their body part on the corresponding square. My children were laughing as they tried to keep track of their left and right, and ten numbers, while stretching their bodies across the board!
- Number Hunt
Finally, we decided to create a “hunt” to fill up each box. I shouted out a number and my kids had to scramble around the house to find that number of the same objects. They decided to fill the 5 and 2 boxes with themselves because that’s how old they are. Clever! We used the same strategy to clean up the items—I shouted out “Return the ‘4’ brushes to their home!” so the game lasted twice as long.
I am excited to leave the board on the floor for a few days to see what other variations they can come up with for their indoor hopscotch board. I hope you have as much fun with these indoor hopscotch games as we did. Happy playing!
Jessie is a mom of two amazingly creative children–ages 4 and 2. She loves having her home full of sensory play and process art. Jessie also runs her own account, Hands In Handmade where you can find more inspiration for play or check out her sensory kits.