Like most 5-year-olds, our daughter (can I still call her the Babylady?) loves to move. Bounce. Run. Dance. Swim. Climb. It doesn’t really seem to matter what she is doing, the girl basically loves to move and be active in her body. Lately, she has taken to hopping. She pretends to play hopscotch on imaginary courts or on the tiled flooring in stores. Other times she just hops on one leg around the house. Girl needs a place to hop.
With my ladies out-of-town over the weekend I got busy. Instead of doing what I meant to get accomplished (fixing my drip irrigation), I decided to make her a place to hopscotch at home. I thought about just putting outlines in the hallway with painters tape, but that seemed to require too much attention to detail for my liking to get them all even and perfect. It would probably end up making me a little nutty. But most of all, I wanted her outside when the weather is decent.
I pondered my options and decided some sort of pavers would be easiest and set off to the hardware store to sort out the most economical way to get it done easily. I picked up ten 12-inch pavers at 88 cents each, plus spray paint in her current favorite colors (red, pink, yellow, and black) at $4 each. for a total of about $25.
The process was simple. Spray paint a few coats, allowing to dry in between coats. Paint on numbers in contrasting paint. Place pavers in desired spot. Hop.
Now, I planned to put it out-of-the-way in an unused area, but as I was painting the pavers I realized that it would be easy enough to incorporate them into the existing gravel pathways. Plus, I liked the touch of fun and play it added to our garden and am happy she’ll be able to hopscotch out in the general commons instead of tucking it away.
I was having so much fun making this for her that I decided to do a little tic-tac-toe board as well. Erica at Northwest Edible Life had made a great outdoor tic-tac-toe board a bit ago and I tucked the idea away in my head for later. I found a random 12″ tile and had leftover paint. It rests perfectly on the edge of the mosaic-covered raised beds with a small, old terracotta pot for storing the painted rocks. And, it is mobile and easily carried to elsewhere in the garden if she wants.
In the end, I didn’t get the drip irrigation updated, but am happy I did this instead. She is thrilled with it when I surprised her with it last evening and I love how it turned out!
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