Play Original Hopscotch!

What You Need:

  • Chalk
  • Flat, paved area
  • Beanbag or other marker

What You Do:

  1. With chalk, draw a hopscotch grid on the driveway or sidewalk (10 squares, number consecutively, with the numbers 1,2,5, and 8 in single squares and the numbers 3 and 4, 6 and 7, and 9 and 10 in side-by-side squares).
  2. Your child tosses his marker onto the square marked with the number 1.
  3. He then hops over that square (when possible, there should be no touching down on the square with the marker on it) and lands on one foot in the square marked 2.
  4. He jumps in the squares marked 3 and 4 (a two-footed landing with the left foot in the left square and the right foot in the right square), hops (one-footed landing) in the square marked 5, and so on, up the grid.
  5. At the top of the grid, he turns and follows the same pattern back to the beginning, once again hopping over the first square.
You can play this game indoors by using numbered carpet squares. Or you can use letters instead of numbers in the square to help your child with the alphabet. Ask her to say the letter aloud as she moves onto each square for added learning!

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