How to Paint Hopscotch Games With Stencils

Updated February 21, 2017

The classic playground game of hopscotch is traditionally drawn with chalk, which washes away in the rain. If your school or church playground is regularly used for hopscotch games year after year, it can be tedious to repeatedly draw a new game. To avoid the extra work, you can use stencils to spray-paint a hopscotch board on any paved surface.

Cut squares of cardstock as large as you want each hopscotch square to be, one for each square in your intended hopscotch board. (A traditional board has 10 squares.)

Write a neat block number on each square, starting with the number 1 and ending with the number 10. Each number's strokes should be about 1 inch thick, with a uniform thickness throughout to make the numbers easy to cut out and paint over.

Place a cardstock sheet on a cutting mat and cut the number out using a craft knife. For digits with a window, such as 0, 6 and 9, and possibly 4, leave an extra stroke connecting the window to the cardstock around the number to prevent the window from falling out. Repeat this process for each piece of cardstock.

Arrange the cardstock sheets on a paved surface exactly as you want your hopscotch board to look, leaving 1 inch of space between the edges of each cardstock sheet. Place masking tape neatly in a square around the edges of each cardstock sheet to keep them from moving around.

Place masking tape in a frame around the hopscotch board, leaving a 1-inch border between the edge of the cardstock and the masking tape. This will result in neat, painted square borders around each number.

Lay newspapers around the edges of the masking tape to prevent paint from getting on other areas of the pavement.

Spray-paint evenly over the stencils, up to the masking tape, to make a painted hopscotch board.

Wait for the paint to dry before you remove the stencils.


To make things easier, type the numbers in a word processing program at a large font size, then print them out and use them as templates.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Cardstock
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Masking tape
  • Spray-paint
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Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.