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Hopscotch court made from concrete pavers in a backyard

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.

Steps

1Measure 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.

Person kneeling in bark mulch with measuring tape

2Clear 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.

Person raking the ground next to a pink spray line

3Lay 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.

Person levelling sand with a screed

4Compact 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.

Man wearing ear muffs compacting sand using a compactor

5Lay 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.

Man laying a round concrete paver on sand base

6Mix 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.

7Cement 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.

Person shovelling concrete onto a sand base between two pavers

8Finish 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.

Person shovelling bark mulch around concrete pavers

9Time 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!

Hopscotch court made from concrete pavers in a backyard
Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.