Indoor Days

09.02.10

My four-year-old son, Lincoln, has been hugely into hopscotch lately (and by extension, this means my little Henry is too, since he thinks he can do anything his brother is doing).  Living in central Texas, it’s not practical for us to spend much time outside in the summer hopscotching.

Enter:  masking tape hopscotch in our living room!  This is an easy-peasy project for any day that is too hot, too cold, too windy, or too rainy to play outside.  And can you imagine how fun would it be to have hopscotch in your hallway or mudroom?  Very.

Guess what items are needed?  Yep!  A roll of masking tape.  It doesn’t get simpler than that.

Masking tape hopscotch has stayed on our floors for up to a week with no ill-effects (but you will definitely want to test it out in an inconspicuous area first to ensure your floors won’t be marred.)  I’ve even done some light mopping over the design without any trouble.  When you’re tired of hopscotch adorning your floors, simply pull up the tape.  This was Henry’s favorite part.

What are your favorite ways to keep busy inside when the weather outside is less than stellar?

Do you have any special memories of indoor play from your childhood?

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Darling Clementine

Crystal stops by GiversLog a couple times a month to share her fresh ideas. When she’s not writing for GiversLog, Crystal can be found mothering, knitting, and cooking. Stop by and see what’s new at her etsy shop: monograms, Greek keys, and chevron stripes. Oh my!

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Carla September 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

Great idea! We have been drowning in rain for days on end and my 3 year old is getting a little restless. Off to find some tape!

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Sherry September 2, 2010 at 7:33 am

This is a great idea! I must agree, too, that living in Central Texas during the summer allows no outside time. It’s way too hot!

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annemarie September 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

Masking tape also makes great “towns” for toy cars and buildings. I was a total pro when I worked at a daycare – I’d get mobbed to make them as soon as I arrived.

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Ruedevamp September 2, 2010 at 8:03 am

Very cute. I shared it with my punkymoms

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flo September 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

What a great idea ! Thanks !

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Abby September 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

Love it Crystal! We used masking tape last week to make train tracks. Then we used chairs for the train and taped paper wheels to the chairs. We’ll definitely have to try the hopscotch. Isn’t masking tape great? :)

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Emily M September 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

My brother and I used to make masking tape roads for our matchbox cars to drive on. We got creative and had them run up the walls and stretch on an angle from the wall to the floor like an on/off ramp. The last set of tracks we laid out never got pulled off and when my parents sold the house years later, they were permanently adhered to the floor!
We also loved tying string lines to everything – between chairs, from a window to the desk, etc. Then we’d wrap a paperclip around GI Joe dolls’ necks and have them zip line down/across all the strings.
Making forts with old sheets was also a favorite.

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Christene from WhipperBerry.com September 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I’ve been checking in on your lovely blog for quite some time now and always come away with some great ideas. Thanks for your ideas! I love the idea of indoor hopscotch. It looks perfect for the dog days of summer we get here in Vegas when it’s too hot outdoors for man or beast! We do a lot of reading (blanket tents in every possible room) and box forts. We need better ideas for ACTIVE games, though, and this is one I’ll keep for future use. Thanks again!

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Jackie@Lilolu September 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm

This is an awesome idea! i’m so excited to let my kids do this so I can look like a hero. ;)

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Rache September 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm

You’re in central TX? Me too! We are in Cedar Park (just northwest of downtown Austin). I HATE the summers here, as do my kiddos. I would actually vote for year-round school just so we could have a few weeks off when the weather is nice and we could play outside! Thanks for this idea–I know my kids will love it!

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Tina September 3, 2010 at 5:26 am

One thing we like to do is play indoor balloon volleyball. We turn the couch and use it as a net. We like to blow up at least 4 balloons. Then it’s time to hit the balloons back and forth to each other over the couch. Kids love this! The more balloons you have going all at once the better. This is also a very tiring game. ;-)

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Michelle September 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm

as simple as it seems, i don’t know that i would have thought of this idea! i loved hopscotch as a kid and would love for my kids to be able to enjoy it as well. i however always relate it with a sidewalk and chalk. putting this in my to-remember file.

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Crystal September 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Wow! I’m so impressed with all of your indoor play ideas! Definitely taking note.

Annemarie, Abby and Emily–Masking tape towns/roads/train tracks! Genius!

Hi Rache! I loooove Austin. We’re just north of San Antonio. It’s a beautiful area, but the summers are brutal!

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Olga @ PDL May 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hi there, thanks for sharing this idea! We loved it so much we’ve put a link to it on our blog http://www.polkadotlighthouseuk.blogspot.com along with a few other MT ideas! Thanks again!
Olga

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