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The Best Hop Floor Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Carpet with hopscotch pattern for kids game.

Finding games that are great for all ages can be a bit of a tall order, especially if you’re trying to make sure that toddlers or preschool-aged children feel included in the next family game night. But these fun hop floor games are active options that help to build gross motor skills while also letting everyone have some fun — all while younger children work on balance and coordination.

The Floor is Lava is a fun hop floor game that helps to build large motor skills. While it requires someone to work as the game announcer, even adults can enjoy this fun activity.

The Melissa & Doug hop floor game is a portable mat that can be quickly rolled up and stowed away when not in use. Because of this, it’s perfect for trips to visit friends or family.

This hop floor game mat measures 72 by 39 inches and is made from a durable weave with an anti-slip backing for added protection.

This simple hop floor game helps children recognize shapes, colors and numbers as well as focus on problem-solving while building gross motor skills.

With big numbers and vibrant colors, this puzzle mat lets kids invent new ways to do hopscotch. Plus, you can get little ones in on the fun of putting it together and taking it apart when playtime is over.

Expert Commentary

Active play can improve your child’s coordination, motor skills and balance. These can also build healthier social, emotional and cognitive skills. With floor games, you can incorporate play with movement and learning. You don’t have to be outdoors to have these fun activities. Make game night fun for everyone with these floor games.

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Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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