Friday, August 02, 2013

Learn Your Name With Xylophone Hopscotch

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Have you ever realized that the shape of the xylophone lends itself to a fun hopscotch game?  

No, you didn't?!  

Well, that's okay, because you do now!  Of course, that wasn't enough for me.  I had to toss in some name learning as well, which leads me to this...

To play xylophone hopscotch, draw an xylophone bar for each letter in your child's name using sidewalk chalk.  Keep in mind that each bar should get shorter and shorter as you go along.  J was very excited to see my drawing giant xylophones on the sidewalk.

Here's the one I did for J.

And here's the one I did for K.

Then it's time to hop away!  Encourage your child to identify the letters as they hop from xylophone bar to xylophone bar.

And that's it: an active way to help your child learn how to spell their name, but with a musical twist!

Be sure to check out these other fun outdoor music related activities: Homemade Rainbow Xylophone or Giant Chalk Keyboard.


  1. This is such a fun way for a kid to learn to spell their name...I love the movement and music aspects! I can see my little singer "singing" the letters as he hops from bar to bar. Can't wait to give it a try!

    1. That would be cute to sing the letters! Let me know how your version turns out!