How to Play Hopscotch

Thousands of years ago, Roman warriors used hopscotch to test their power and speed, jumping over 100 feet (30.5 m) while carrying enormous weights! Hopscotch is now a popular backyard game for youngsters (and lighthearted adults) all around the world. You can quickly learn to play this popular game, along with several variations to make it tougher, whether you never learned it as a child or simply need a refresher.


Playing Classic Hopscotch

Make a hopscotch pattern on the ground. On asphalt, patio stones, or concrete, chalk is the best drawing medium. The squares should be large enough to fit one foot and not bounce out too quickly if a stone is placed into it. While there are other ways to draw the design, a typical schoolyard design is illustrated above.
The region depicted here is sometimes referred to as a rest or stop area. This is the point at which the player can turn around and/or regain their balance. The space is sometimes given a more imaginative name, such as “Heaven.”

To land on square one, throw a flat stone or comparable object (small beanbag, shell, button, plastic toy). It must land inside the square without contacting or bouncing off the border. If you don’t get it within the lines, you lose your turn and the stone is passed on to the next person. If you do obtain it, proceed to the next step.
Hopscotch can be played by a single person. If that is the case, set up your own regulations!

Hop between the squares, avoiding the one with your marker. Each square is given one foot. It is entirely up to you which foot you begin with. Unless there are two number squares immediately next to each other, you can only have one foot on the ground at a time. In that instance, you can place both feet down at the same time (one in each square). Always keep your feet inside the appropriate square(s); stepping on a line, hopping on the wrong square, or stepping out of the square results in a turn loss.

On your way back, pick up the marker. When you arrive at the last number, turn around (remaining on one foot) and hop backwards. Lean down (probably on one foot!) and pick it up while you’re on the square directly before the one with your marking. Then finish by skipping over that square.

Transfer the marker to the next individual. If you finished the course with your marker on square one (and without losing your turn), hurl it onto square two on your next turn. Your objective is to finish the course by placing a marker on each square. The first person to complete this task wins the game!
Ashrita Furman holds the Guinness World Record for playing hopscotch in the quickest time of 68 seconds. In case you were wondering.


Adding Variations

Modify the hopscotch course’s shape. Make it circular, with the numerals spiralling inward. Perhaps this is why the French call it “escargot?” Make it a rectangle, triangle, or firework instead!
It’s best to start in the centre and work your way out. That way, you may make it as big as you need to, rather than having your final square be minuscule!

Change the squares’ size and form. Reduce the size of some of them so that people must walk on their tiptoes. You may even construct some in the shape of a shoe to regulate the person’s facial direction. Be inventive!

Create some islands out of squares. A person would have to jump over a distance to get to it this way. Just make sure the gaps can be jumped! And who said hopscotch wasn’t difficult?

Establish a time limit. Make it into a “speed hopscotch” game. The individual has a set amount of time to complete the course before losing their turn. You could even make it a race!

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