This is not your grandmother's hopscotch! Take the classic game to a whole new level, by including some super fun and active directions inside the traditional, chalk-drawn boxes. This entertaining game of hopscotch becomes an obstacle source of sorts, as it provides an exciting challenge for your child and her friends.
Have your child use chalk on the sidewalk to draw several connected boxes in a row, like those she might make for traditional hopscotch. The boxes should be rectangle shape, and each box should be large enough for a child to jump in it and to fit several words of directions.
Instead of numbers that are usually in hospcotch boxes, tell your child she should come up with some creative activities for players that jump in the boxes to do, before advancing to further boxes. A list of examples is provided here to give your child a head start:
Pose like a ninja
Count backwards from 10 to 1
March in a Circle
Hop twice (like a bunny)
Do a jumping jack
Hop on one foot for five seconds
Do the chicken dance
Try to whistle
Do a ballerina twirl
Be a swaying tree
Meow like a cat
Moo like a cow
Rub your belly and pat your head at the same time
Pose your body in the shape of an alphabet letter
Encourage her to come up with some ideas of her own, too.
She may want to add illustrations to help clarify her directions inside some of the chalk boxes.
Now that your child has exercised her imagination, help her invite friends to play Extreme Hopscotch. She’ll exercise her body while having a blast!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.