Play Garden Paver Hopscotch
A timeless, classic game, hopscotch provides healthy competition for mastering the art of perfect throws and one-footed balancing adventures. Instead of endlessly creating chalk hopscotch games that get washed away with the rain, why not add a bright, pretty, as-permanent-as-you-want-it-to-be game to your garden? It’s super easy and adds a burst of cheer to the backyard!
What You’ll Need:
- Drop cloth (or large piece of cardboard)
- (11) 12-inch square garden pavers
- Spray paint
- White latex paint
- 1-inch foam brush or paintbrush
- Number stencils (optional)
- UV-resistant clear acrylic sealer (optional; to protect the paint from weathering)
- A few stones for markers
How to Make a Garden Paver Hopscotch Squares:
1. Spread out the drop cloth and lay the garden pavers on top of it. If you’re using just one color of paint, they can be near one another. If you’re using a variety of colors, group them by color with space in between to avoid cross-contamination.
2. Spray the paint on the tops and sides of the pavers, then let them dry completely.
3. Once the pavers are dry, use the white paint and brush to paint the numbers 1 through 10 on the pavers, either freehand or using stencils. For “10,” paint a “1” on one paver and a “0” on another. Let the paint dry.
4. Spray the UV-resistant clear acrylic sealer to protect the paint, if you’d like.
5. Once the pavers are completely dry, place them in a flat spot in your garden or yard, arranged in the hopscotch board pattern. In case you need a refresher, hopscotch is laid out like this: 1-2-3 (single, placed vertically), 4 and 5 next to each other, 6 by itself, 7 and 8 next to each other, 9 by itself, then the two pavers for 10 next to each other.
6. Give each player a stone and let the game begin!
Remember to hop on one foot on the single squares, two feet for the pairs, and make sure to skip the square with the marker. Pick it up on the way back after you reach 10.