December 29, 2007

Get them playing hopscotch! Here's how!

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My sisters and I played this game for many summers at home in our childhood days. Soon, other town kids would be at our house joining in. This a good outside activity and heard on the news the other day , it is predicted hopscotch would become a popular game with kids in 2008 ! I think that is great , as it offer good exercise and coordination, plus is a lot of fun to play! a garden hose or good rain washes the chalk off the sidewalk afterwards. I taught this to my grandson and neighborhood kids last summer .We used chalk, but some park districts are starting to add this a a permanent marked out area for play, much like shuffleboard is done. I can also see the possibility of play inside, using masking tape to make the court and a bean bag ( no rocks inside..ha ha)
Draw the layout with the chalk and label them 1 through ten, Sun and Moon...3 single squares,(18" to 24") per square 1 double square, 2 single squares, 1 double square, 1 single square. You can number the squares if you want. A crescent shaped sun and a moon on the top of the court is drawn. The two basic rules of hop scotch are 1) one foot in each square only, 2) Hop over the square with the rock in it.
The first player tosses her marker( we used a stone) into the first square. The marker must land completely within the designated square and without touching a line or bouncing out. If the marker lands in the wrong square, the player forfeits her turn. If the marker is successful, the player hops through the court beginning on square one.Land with two feet on the double squares. Those marked "Moon" "Sun " at the top are neutral squares, and may be hopped through in any manner without penalty. We used both feet on these. When a player reaches the end of the court, she turns around and hops back through the court, moving through the squares in reverse order and stopping to pick up her marker on the way back, as she is on one foot yet( except for double squares) .On the second turn, throw the rock into the second square, and so forth. The tricky part is staying on one foot when the rock is in one of the side-by-side squares.
Upon successfully completing the sequence, the player continues his turn by tossing his marker into square number two, and repeating the pattern. See more guidelines guidelines and other games to play from How to Play Hopscotch Picture by

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