Did you know the game of Hopscotch is an outgrow of a Roman era military
Click for more information on hopscotch history. Today, Hopscotch is
a wonderful hopping game that can be played on a bare patch of ground
outdoors or on a floor indoors. There are hundreds of variations. Here
are general instructions:
Use chalk to draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground or use masking tape
on a floor. Create a
diagram with 8 sections and number them. Each player has a marker such
as a stone, beanbag,
bottle cap, shell, button, etc.
The first player stands behind the starting line to toss her or his
marker in square 1. Hop over
square 1 to square 2 and then continue hopping to square 8, turn around,
and hop back again. Pause in square 2 to pick up the marker, hop in
square 1, and out. Then continue by tossing the stone in square 2. All
hopping is done on one foot unless the hopscotch design is such that two
squares are side-by-side. Then two feet can be placed down with one in
each square. A player must always hop over any square where a maker has
A player is out if the marker fails to land in the proper square, the
hopper steps on a line, the
hopper looses balance when bending over to pick up the marker and puts a
second hand or foot
down, the hopper goes into a square where a marker is, or if a player
puts two feet down in a
single box. The player puts the marker in the square where he or she
will resume playing on the
next turn, and the next player begins.
Sometimes a dome-shaped "rest area" is added on one end of the hopscotch
pattern where the
player can rest for a second or two before hopping back through.
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