Posted by Eileen
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I'm always looking for simple do-it-yourself activities and games for my toddler to learn from and enjoy. While planning his birthday party, I was looking to make different station-like games for kids to walk up to and play with.
Through scouring the Internet for ideas, I came across a cool hopscotch idea, where a blogger made a homemade hopscotch game from carpet samples from Home Depot. I loved this idea because it was so creative and resourceful. I looked into making it, and the carpet samples were quite cheap. However, I was worried about toddlers who are still working on their balance tripping on the carpet squares, especially because they weren't stuck to each other.
This was all occurring during my felt craze (felt activity boards galore!), and then it dawned on me, a felt hopscotch board that I could just unroll inside or outside for my toddler and his friends to play with. It turned out awesome - it's definitely my favorite DIY this year.
Not only did it look store-bought (I love when my DIYs look store-bought!), but it even inspired my son to learn his numbers.
Here are the materials and the steps for making this homemade felt hopscotch game.
First, I laid out the green 2-yard felt piece, and starting picking out colors for the squares. After I had picked out my colors - yellow, pink, and two shades of blue, I cut the ten rectangular felt pieces into squares.
To make this as simple as possible, since the pieces were 9" by 12," I just cut the 12" side to 9" to make a 9" by 9" with just one cut per piece. Also, I used my paper cutter to cut the felt.
This made the process of cutting felt perfectly a cinch because I can never get a perfectly straight line with scissors.
I don't leave my paper cutter sitting out anymore with my son running around; however the paper cutter I use takes 30 seconds to set up, and you only need to set up part of it to get a good cut. For someone a busy mom who can't cut straight, it's simple and perfect!
After I cut ten of my felt pieces to 9 inches by 9 inches, I started on the numbers. I made a quick little number printable, and then cut out the numbers to use as stencils.
As I mentioned above, I used this font because it barely uses minimal ink, and for efficiency, I skipped any redundant numbers (one stencil for 6 and 9).
Next I simply held the stencil over the black felt (I used all black for the numbers) and cut as precisely as I could. I could have traced the stencils onto the felt first and then cut, but I skipped this time for the sake of time.
Afterward, I glued the black numbers onto the colored felt squares.
Then I started gluing the colored squares to the green felt background. It was turning out so nicely :)
The completed hopscotch mat :) Along with a few other party decorations - the photo booth backdrop and the Sesame pom-poms.
Before the party, we used it in the hopscotch mat in the house, as a little reading carpet. My son learned his numbers quickly and would pick a different number to sit on each time we would read :)
This cute, very simple to make, hopscotch mat can serve as a game or a reading mat.
The cost of the project was very little - I bought most things at the craft stores with coupons, and I used the variety pack of felt for numerous other projects, with a large pile still left. To give an estimate, I would say I didn't spend more than $15.
Looking to make this mat? Let me know how it goes. I can't wait to hear about it :) :)
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