How To Play Old School Hopscotch (It's Not The Way You Think)

Updated: May 16, 2020

You know it involves hopping, but do you remember the actual rules of this playground classic?

We sure didn't.

But after some digging, we found the official rules to Hopscotch, and we're spreading the word. (We need to know all the games we can this summer!)

To play, draw a hopscotch diagram like the one below.

Throw a small rock or other marker in the first square. If it lands outside the square or on the line, you lose your turn.

Next, hop on one foot into the first empty square, and keep going from there. At the pairs (4-5 and 7-8), you can jump with both feet. Do NOT hop into the square your marker is on.

At 10, hop with both feet, turn around, and return to the start.

When you get back to the square with the rock in it, pick up the rock (while still on one foot!) and hop out.

If you finished perfectly, pass the rock to the next player. Now it's their turn! On your next turn, throw the rock into the next number and repeat.

If you lose your balance and fall, jump outside the line, miss a square, or hop into the square with the marker, you lose your turn and you have to repeat the same number on your next turn.

Whoever reaches 10 first wins!

Of course, you can simply have fun just hopping through the course. Time yourself, or try kicking the marker from one space to the next with your hopping foot as you make your way through the course.

You can also draw your own hopscotch diagrams that look a little different from the original.

So, there you have it! The actual rules to the classic game of hopscotch.

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