The Lost Art of Play – Hop Scotch

Hop Scotch
Hop Scotch

 

Have you ever played HOP SCOTCH?  I’ll bet your parents and grandparents did.  Make sure to pass it down and teach your kids.  It’s a terrific game for ALL ages!

Hop Scotch has been a popular game for generations all around the world.  How long since you played? 

It’s a fabulous way to teach so many skills such as how to hop, skip, toss, accuracy, and it is just plain fun. 

Did you know it has been around for hundreds of years, and reportedly even for thousands of years going back to Roman soldiers training for battle. Let’s get started!

How to Play Hop Scotch

Supplies – 

CHALK

TAW  or GAME MARKERS

 

To Prepare:

1- There are so many ways to draw a Hop Scotch grid, this is the way we do ours, but HERE is a site for other options. Also, this is a book you can order of ways it is played around the world HERE

2- Draw your choice of grid with chalk on the driveway OR you can use masking tape on the carpet inside when the weather is inclement.

Make sure the squares are large enough to fit the foot easily into

3- Each player will need a ‘Marker’ which can be a rock, coin, ‘Ta’, anything.

To Start:

1- First player will toss their marker into the first square (the square with the #1 drawn in it) without landing on the border or bounding out.

If the marker does not land in the right square, it is the next players turn.  Continue if you are playing alone.

Hop Scotch

 

2- Hop through the squares on ONE foot SKIPPING the square your marker is in going up the Hop Scotch grid. Only one foot can be on the ground at one time unless two squares are together then both feet hit the ground at the same time.

3- If you step outside the lines, hop on the wrong square or step on the line you lose your turn.

4- Turn at the end of the grid to face the opposite direction so you can go back down the grid and WITHOUT STEPPING outside the lines, squares or on the lines.

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5- Hop back down the grid in reverse order in the same fashion. 

6- When you get to the square JUST BEFORE THE ONE with your marker, bend down, standing on ONE FOOT, lean down and pick up the marker.

7- Skip over that square and finish the grid.

8- Repeat this process, tossing the marker to the next square.  For example, this time the marker would be thrown into the #2 square.

9- If a mistake is made by tossing the marker into the wrong square, onto a line, outside the grid.  Or if when hopping down the grid a player steps on the line, outside the grid, puts a foot down when they shouldn’t, steps in a box they shouldn’t, etc, it is the next player’s turn and so forth.

10- The first player to toss their marker into all the squares, completing the hop scotch grid successfully wins!

If you want to play this FUN game indoors on a rainy day, I found some GREAT options for you to consider: *THIS  and

*THIS one grab these Bean Bags and

THIS are some great options for hours of entertainment and exercise inside!  

*The first TWO can be used outside for easy set up and take down anywhere, camping, picnic, family reunion, wherever!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2016

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Comments

  1. I absolutely loved hop scotch as a kid and seriously between this and jumping rope could have survived playing both all summer long. So, I have definitely tried with my girls in summer’s past to play and will be doing again now this summer, too. Thanks Carrie for the awesome reminders today of all the fun outdoor games that can still be very much played ;)

  2. We played hop scotch with our 3 and 4 year old preschoolers this year. I think drawing on the sidewalk was just as fun for them as the game itself! :)

  3. Hey Carrie,

    I too played hop scotch when I was little and when my kids were little. I have not play in a long time. I need to do this again with my special needs son. He would love it.
    You hop scotch looks perfect. Someone did a great job drawing it.
    Blessings,
    Diane

  4. On a whim I picked up a “hop scotch around the world” book in the children’s section at the library, with ways the game is played in many different countries. I figure the kids are (almost) out of school, we’ve got nothing but time and a bucket of chalk, so why not? How come nobody plays hopscotch anymore?

  5. Aww! How much fun is this?! So cool…I need to try this with my nieces when they get older!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. How long since I played? Maybe a quarter of a century, or even more (*sob*)! I remember me and my sister drawing out the squares with a piece of chalk on our driveway. If we tripped on a number, we had to start all over again; thus, the game went on for pretty long usually. One of the fondest memories related to this game was when my maternal grandfather was visiting and he played with us – I still vividly remember him hopping, skipping and jumping in joy – probably he was reminded of his childhood as well, like I am now! I wonder where this habit of spending time outdoors has gone to? I mean, I do make sure to push my kids out for (at least) an hour every single day, but there have been times (and more than once) when I’ve found them sitting on their neighborhood pals’ doorstep, glued to the tablet, playing virtual games like these, or simply watching some silly animated cartoon series. I do try to monitor screen time for them as well, but things like these are beyond parents’ control, I feel. What do you think? A lost art, truly :-< Maybe it just died with us.

    • Brionna, I am so glad you are shared such a touching memory of your grandfather. I hope you will follow my posts on the Lost Art of Family History, when I show you how to download pictures AND audio on an app (all for free) so you can record your voice telling that story for your kids and future grandkids to hear. That is a treasure!

      I agree it is so difficult to compete with what I call ‘techy games’ But that is one of my goals in the Lost Art of Play is to bring you more family time activities and games that can be easily put together so your kids and YOU will have cherished memories of times together sharing fun and laughter. It’s just a fact that the technology is here to stay, and there is good in it too, however, we need to make sure that do things as a family – well, to me, insist. I know how hard it is too. I had 5 kids and it was usually a matter of a treat bribe involved to corral them all, but if you ask them now as grown adults, they will tell you, it was the games and doing the simple things that they miss and love.

      Hang in there mom, you are doing a GREAT JOB!!!! I applaud you for all you are trying to do and how hard you work:) Carrie

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