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Hopscotch Playmats Let Your Kids Enjoy a Traditional Active Game Indoors

Updated on December 11, 2014

Roll Out the Hopscotch Rug - Kids Can Play Hopscotch Anywhere, Any Time!

Hopscotch indoors? Sure! Even when the weather's bad, kids can still go wild with an active game of hopscotch - it's a hopscotch rug to the rescue!

Kids still love the same active outdoor games that we used to play as children, but it's not always easy to find a safe place to play outdoors - or even if the weather will cooperate. What's a parent, caregiver or grandparent to do, to keep the little ones busy and let them work off all that extra energy on a cold or rainy day when the children are stuck indoors? Roll out a game of Hopscotch!

Easy to store, easy to carry, a hopscotch rug or play mat marked in the classic game pattern will give hours of fun for active kids and the healthy physical exercise that growing children need, while it helps them to learn all kinds of basic skills from balance and coordination to colors and counting and taking turns. Besides, hopscotch is just plain fun!

Indoor/Outdoor Hopscotch Game - Invite the Classic Outdoor Children's Game to Come Inside to Play!

Hopscotch  Play Carpets
Hopscotch Play Carpets

When it's too hot or too cold or too wet for kids to play outdoors, what fun to have this traditional children's game right there as part of the decor in your family room or child's bedroom, ready for active play (also known to health-conscious parents as "exercise")!

This washable nylon 83" x 25" hopscotch rug from the very cool Learning Carpets toy selection includes 2 throwing "potsies" (markers) and how-to-play instructions, in case Mom and Dad have forgotten just exactly how the rules of hopscotch go...


How to Play Hopscotch

So the rules of hopscotch might have slipped your mind? No problem, here's an instructional video from a cute little hopscotch expert, to remind you of how the game goes and to demonstrate it so you can teach your kids how to play. It's easy!

Hopscotch Rules

In the wintertime, little ones (ages 3-4 and up recommended) can learn the game indoors - while they burn off some of that excess energy that can make stuck-at-home days a trial for tired parents! At the same time they learn important motor skills and counting skills, not to mention how to draw their own traditional hopscotch pattern for when spring comes and children's games go out into the great outdoors once again.

You Know You Want To...

Happy Girl Hopscotch
Happy Girl Hopscotch | Source

Pretty Pink Floor Playmats for Indoor Hopscotch Games

The little girls in our family (princesses in training, you'd think, to see them at play) are hugely in favor of anything from the pink aisle. We have some misgivings about the whole pink princess culture, but if a pink play mat will get their little bodies up and moving in healthy physical activity on a storm day, who are we to grinch about it?

Washable Pink Floor Games Rug with Non-Skid Gel Backing

Learning Carpets Chalk Walk LC 174
Learning Carpets Chalk Walk LC 174

Slip-proof, skid-proof, stain resistant, and it comes with an unlimited warranty - here's a tough nylon hopscotch rug that's ideal for the most active family! I really like how the hopscotch pattern is created to look like a "real" hopscotch drawn in chalk, so the little kids can learn to draw their own sidewalk-chalk hopscotch grid when the time comes to take this traditional children's game to the outdoors.


Disney Princess Hopscotch Game Mat

Disney Princess Soft Foam Hopscotch Play Mat
Disney Princess Soft Foam Hopscotch Play Mat

I have to confess, I am not a huge fan of the whole Disney Princess genre - but the 6-year-old Princess Diva in our family is of a different opinion and she says I have to show you these interlocking soft foam tiles that go together into a hopscotch game featuring the popular Disney princesses characters. So, here you go. :-)

Hopscotch is fun for kids of all ages!
Hopscotch is fun for kids of all ages! | Source

Bean Bags are great hopscotch markers for use indoors

Don't Forget a Hopscotch Game Marker or Shooter

In the old days, as kids, we used to throw a small stone on the hopscotch squares to play the game - but that was before hopscotch rugs were invented and we could only play outdoors on the sidewalk. Indoor hopscotch is a whole different story!

Obviously you don't want to have stones tossed around inside your house - but some kind of marker (also known as the "shooter") is needed to play the game.

If markers are not included with the hopscotch rug you choose, small bean bags are a wonderful choice. There are so many active games that kids of all ages can play with bean bags, when they're done with hopscotch, too!

I usually make my own pretty basic square bean bags with scraps of fabric left over from other sewing and craft projects - but if time is in short supply for you, here are some cute animal-shaped bean bags that would be a lot of fun for a hopscotch game.

Did you play hopscotch as a kid? (Some of us still do!)

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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Kids like to play it so why not!

    • Zebedee32 profile image

      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Yes, i played alsorts of games. These rugs are a great idea.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Yep - great fun!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @Teapixie LM: Sounds as if your sidewalk and mine looked a lot alike! ;)

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      Yes! Loads. Many chalked hopscotch lines covered the local sidewalks. I think it's where I got my art-start. ;) This is a really fun topic.

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      banapple 5 years ago

      Yes, loved it when I was little. Still play it with the kids. These are really cute rugs.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Yes. It was (even) better than Etch-a-Sketch.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Offcourse I did!