I bought this “runner” from Lowes. It’s actually a 3 ft piece of their indoor/outdoor carpet that comes in 12 ft lengths. It was only about 12$! I had decided that I was going to make a hopscotch/game mat out of it with the ABC’s and as many numbers as I could fit on it. After I had sectioned off the squares and drew in the numbers (kind of making “bubble” letters and numbers that I intended to color in) I thought to myself…”Hmmm….I bet my guys would love to color these in themselves!” And, they have! I also wanted to add animals or items in each square for each of the letters-for A, an apple and an alligator, for D, a dog and David wrote his name in the square, for L, a lion and Leonard wrote his name in that square (backwards!), and so on.

This has turned out to be a great “rainy day” project and the boys have loved coming up with ideas for what to put in the squares, all while enjoying pointing out the letters and numbers that they are coloring in as they go. I’m already imagining the fun we’ll have playing games on it-making them up as we go!

For more extensive directions e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com . Or would you like your own custom made runner? A gift for a mom with no time on her hands? I can draw all the animals/letters and numbers for you and the child can color them in-or I can do that as well.  You can pick your theme and colors or let me do it for you. Also, check out my Etsy shop!