Bubble Wrap Hopscotch Is 13 Ounces or Less


My brother and SIL are the coolest. For my kids’ birthdays this year they sent this.
Bubble wrap hopscotch. And what do you do when you receive a package of bubble wrap hopscotch in the mail? There is only one thing you can do. Tear it right out of the package and get hopping.

So save your bubble wrap, because this is such a great thing to get in the mail. Writing the numbers is easy, just make sure you’re writing on the bubblewrap’s smooth side.
You might want to make a set for yourself.
Then just package it up and send it off. Ours looked a little like a bubble wrap sandwich.
Incase you’re interested in the rules, here are the official hopscotch rules, according to my playground experience:

1. Lay out numbers as shown.
2. Toss the marker on square one.
3. Skip square one and hop on all the other numbers, using only one foot for single squares, both feet for doubles. Then turn and hop back, stopping one square before the marker (you must balance on one foot if it is a single square), and bend over and pick up your marker. Then finish hopping home.
4. If you over throw the marker or lose balance then you end your turn. Continue with remaining numbers (2, 3, 4, 5…) until done.


and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or follow my 13 oz or less Pinterest board, or see it all right here):

A Disposable Camera | A Sponge | A Tube of Bert’s Bees | A Wreath and Twinkly Lights | A Disguise | School Supplies | A Pair of Flip Flops | A Big Ball | Plastic Eggs 1 and 2 | Silly Putty |Shovel & a Bucket | Ribbon Sticks | Bubblewrap Hopscotch | Fan Mail | Waterbottle Care Package | Bouncy Balls | Sticky Notes | Jr Mints | Frisbee | Mini Banner and Mini m&ms

find postage rates for happy mail right here along with other mailing details



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Sherry Cartwright May 6, 2010 at 8:13 am

Ohmygoodness, that is the coolest! I love the idea and who doesn’t enjoy popping those tiny bubbles. What fun.


Alisa May 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

This is a fun gift! I wonder if kids still know how to play this. They spend way too much time on video games


Chocolate on my Cranium May 6, 2010 at 9:34 am

Genius! Maybe now I can be the cool aunt by sending this to my niece and nephew. :D


Bree May 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

That is SO cute. Genius. Thank you for the idea.

In fact, my little boy is in a wheelchair and he absolutely loves loud noises. I bet it would be so fun to drive his chair over the bubble wrap! Can’t wait to try that. His b-day is even in a couple weeks. LOVE your blog so very much!

Love, Bree


Amy May 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

That is *such* a good idea! My 18month old god-daughter has finally discovered bubble wrap, so now I can teach her hopscotch in a fun way…so much better than chalk :D


Katie@Impatientlyprayingforpatience May 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

Oh thank you so much for sharing!!! What does the green paper say?


meaghan (chic cookies) May 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Oh my goodness, I’m so picturing my 2 year old opening this and all the pop pop pop as she hops (or rather stomps, as she’s behind on the hopping) from number to number. Maybe I can sneak out to the post office and send it to our house. Thanks!


Adriann May 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Super cool idea! I can’t wait to try this.


last minute lynn May 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

What fabulously fun and cheap entertainment. Thanks for sharing!


Randi May 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

That is just the most fun idea. It would be great to send as a little get well gift or something.


geek+nerd May 10, 2010 at 4:03 am

This is hilarious and so fun!


Stephanie May 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

What kid wouldn’t love to play hopscotch on bubble wrap? I’m sure your kids had a super fun (and very noisy) afternoon when they received it.


Rachel May 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

GENIUS! I love this! Thanks so much for sharing this fun idea. I kind of want to make this for myself. =) I’ll be linking.


Lori May 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Such a cute idea! It’s not slippery though, is it? I could imagine the kids sliding as they hop on to it…or I guess that is why the bubble side is down?


Stephanie May 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

I think it’s a GREAT idea too! But I’m also curious about the slipperyness of it?


AmberLee May 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Hi Ladies!
We did a test run on slipperiness for you. We took a running start and hopped on our bubblewrap, and actually, it’s not really slippery, even then. The plastic grips the floor pretty well, and our carpet really well. One thing we have noticed playing this, though, is that the pieces float up a little on the floor, so a piece of masking tape might come in handy.


Dana May 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

What are the size of the squares? Thanks


NinaBean August 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

would love to know size of squares also. ty


Karen May 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm

What a simply fun thing to do! Thanks for sharing!


Lynn DeBuhr Johnson May 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Great idea! It looks like they took chalk and wrote the rules on a chalkboard. Is that correct? Also, I was trying to enlarge it to read the rules they wrote. I don’t really remember any rules, just throwing a stone and hopping. It would be interesting to see rules. Did they send any markers for throwing, or did you just use stones?
Thanks for the ideas!


Linda May 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

I too would like to know what the rules say. This is a super cute idea and I want to share the rules when I gift this.
Thanks for sharing…


Allison May 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I want to see the rules too! And what size are the squares?


Juilana June 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Would love to see the rules too. What a fabulous idea!


Cindy Sue June 18, 2010 at 4:51 am

What a fantastic idea! Just found you through ‘seven thirty three, a creative blog and happy I did. I am making up a ‘care’ package for my grandson in CA, he will love this!


courtney March 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

Genius! Would you consider doing your rules board as a download? LOVE it in every way! Thanks!


Tonia March 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

This is SO cool! My kids (well me too, if I’m completely honest) LOVE popping the bubbles. I will have to try this!


anon April 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

and remember – plastics are recyclable when its all popped out!


Alicia July 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

I think the rules say:

1. lay out numbers as shown
2. toss the marker on square one
3. skip square one and hop on all the numbers, using only one foot for single numbers, both feet for doubles. turn and hop back, bend over and pick up your number on the way.
4. if you over throw the marker or lose balance then you end your turn. Continue with running numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 until done


Alicia July 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

This is a fabulous idea!!


Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple July 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

That is so much fun!!! I love this idea!


Julie M February 23, 2012 at 3:51 am

Thanks for all of your fun ideas. We loved this one, & made it as a birthday favor for my daughter’s classmates.

I put a link to your hopscotch fun on my blog: http://letterstomylittlelove.blogspot.com/2012/02/bubble-wrap-fun.html


amber m March 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE your mail ideas!!!!!

You sent it just as??? How did you put it together?

THANK YOU for your time!!


Ms. Claire March 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I am so excited I came across this blog and your 13ounces or less series. I love the ideas. I wish I would have thought of this a long time ago. I have family with lil’ ones that live out of town and kiddos I used to watch in my daycare that would love to recieve any of the ideas on your blog in the mail. Even though I could take it to them myself, I can’t wait to mail an Egg for Easter and a Frisbee, just because.!!!


Erin September 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I loved this idea and it inspired me to do something a little different with my kids and their flashcards during our homeschool! I’d love it if you’d take a look.



Jackie September 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

hey! I want to mail this to a friend…does it matter the size of the package other than the weight? Mine looks a little larger than yours and I just want to check and see….also did they use stamps or do I need to take this into the post office?


AmberLee September 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Hi Jackie!
Thanks for the note!! As far as I”ve found, there is no max size. I’ve had readers mail pool noodles. And it totally up to you, you can get stamps or walk right up to the post office desk. Both work! Good luck!!


Sarah January 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Oh how I wish Canada Post would allow your happy mail at such great prices! Unfortunately everything that is thicker than 2 cm (i.e. won’t fit through a mail slot easily) gets charged an outlandish parcel rate. Boo. But keep on having fun with good ol’ USPS!


AmberLee January 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

Thanks so much for taking a moment to share this. Though I’m with you, it is sad news! boo : (


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