Be it a flower or a vegetable, gardens are a wonderful place to introduce children to growing plants and enjoying nature. Gardens should be a place that children feel welcome in and enjoy being a part of. Adding an easy to make and affordable DIY garden hopscotch path is the perfect way to make any garden space more child friendly!
Why a hopscotch path?
When the oldest country kid was little, he loved to play hopscotch. He would draw hopscotch boards with sidewalk chalk only to have it rain and disappear. With a quick trip to the home improvement store and a little bit of time, I no longer had to hear about the disappearing hopscotch boards or buy stock in sidewalk chalk! And the funniest part? Even the neighbor kids come over and enjoy using it! Not to mention by placing it in the garden, we introduced them all to an exciting new world of plants!
So how do you make a DIY Garden Hopscotch Path?
I went to the home improvement store and bought seven one square foot patio block. Why seven? Because I measured how long the path needed to be to get to the green bean tee pee and for my distance, that is all I needed. When I got back home, the oldest country kid wanted to know what I was up to and could he help. He could have, because this is easy to do, but I was making it as a surprise, so I told him to just be patient.
I always have acrylic paint on hand so I grabbed some and set to work painting each block. Once the base color was dry, I painted on the numbers. I just free hand painted the numbers on mine. If you don’t feel comfortable with doing that, then by all means, use stencils.
After the numbers dried you can add a layer of paint sealer. You can pick up a can of spray sealer at any home improvement store. If you don’t spray the paint with sealer, rain and time will fade them. It has been over five years since we made ours, and our youngest is beginning to out grow hopping. Since we didn’t seal ours, they are starting to look a little rough too. Of course re-painting them is easy enough and this summer I will let my young men transform them.
I think our DIY garden hopscotch path turned out great. Once I placed them in the garden, the oldest country kid was so thrilled by them that he took ownership of the area around the path. He asked to visit the store to purchase accent plants! He really enjoyed digging in the dirt and every year since, helps pick out seeds to grow. Our youngest has grown up using the DIY garden hopscotch path since he could walk. He is my little weeding machine and has a love affair with growing pumpkins.
Just seven little brick and a few bottles of paint drew my children into our garden, made them feel welcome, and hooked them on growing things. In a day and age when so many children are disconnected from where their food comes from, the DIY garden hopscotch path is a great way to get them into the garden to learn. It is also a great way to get them outside and active!