How to make a hopscotch court

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Project Overview

If you want to get the kids active and out of the house, then build them a hopscotch court. It’s easy to make, looks great and can be fun for the whole family. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Difference between cement and concrete

It is easy to get concrete and cement confused, but they are actually quite different. Cement is a powder that is one of the ingredients of concrete. Concrete is made up of cement, sand and aggregate. We compare the two so you can see the difference for yourself.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and mark for the hopscotch court
2 Clear the area
3 Lay the sand base
4 Compact the sand
5 Lay out the court
6 Mix the concrete
7 Cement the pavers in place
8 Finish off the court
9 Time to play
  • Step 1. Measure and mark for the hopscotch court

    Measure and mark the area for the hopscotch court. We made ours about 3.5m x 1.2m. But make yours to fit the area you have. Use a line marker to map out the area to be cleared.

  • Step 2. Clear the area

    Use a rake to remove the top soil, leaves twigs and any loose material, until you get to the compacted soil. This ensures you have a solid base for the concrete mix that will hold the pavers in place.

  • Step 3. Lay the sand base

    Spread the bags of brickies sand until you have a base that’s 30–50mm thick. Level the sand off with a screed, then use a screed and a level to make sure the sand is flat.

  • Step 4. Compact the sand

    Use a compactor to make the sand a stable base for the hopscotch court to be built on. You can hire a compactor from your local Bunnings.

  • Step 5. Lay out the court

    Lay out the pavers to make your hopscotch court. You can make the court any design you like. If you want, you can mark where the pavers go with spray paint.

  • Step 6. Mix the concrete

    Mix the concrete according to the instructions the bag. You can mix the cement in either a wheelbarrow or concrete mixer. Remember to always wear a dust mask when mixing cement.

  • Step 7. Cement the pavers in place

    Place cement on the sand base where the paver will go. Use enough to make sure the paver sticks to the ground. Place the paver on top of the cement and tap it into place with a rubber mallet. Use the spirit to make sure it’s level. Repeat the process for all the pavers. Make sure that all of the pavers are level with each other. Allow the cement to cure and settle.

  • Step 8. Finish off the court

    Once the concrete has cured, fill in the area around the pavers with pine bark mulch and stones. Then put some plants around the pavers to add a splash of colour.

  • Step 9. Time to play

    Get the kids to use coloured chalk to number each of the pavers. Then it’s time for them to play on their new hopscotch court!

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Ground compactor (can be hired)
  • Large spirit level
  • Long-handled shovel
  • Measuring tape
  • Rubber mallet
  • Safety glasses
  • Screed
  • Steel rake
  • Trowel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Work gloves

Materials

  • 600mm x 600mm pavers x 2
  • 450mm x 600mm pavers x 4
  • 450mm round pavers x 3
  • Brickies sand bag x 6
  • Concrete mix bag x 3
  • Coloured chalk
  • Spray can colour marker
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