Hopscotch is played in some form all over the world, but the basics remain the same: Players hop through marked squares while trying not to fall and not to step on the wrong square.
A flat stone or small rock is used to mark the squares on which the player is not allowed to hop. This marker is sometimes called a puck, pottsie, or "scotch" -- see where the game gets its name?
What You'll Need
Rocks or other markers
Paved area for playing
How to Play Hopscotch
Step 1: Mark the court on a hard surface (like a sidewalk) with chalk. A line of squares should lead up to an end box. In some places, you can put two squares side by side. You can number the squares in order if you like.
Step 2: Toss the "scotch" into the first space. Jump over the space containing the scotch and continue hopping down the court.
Step 3: Always hop on the same foot, except where two squares are side by side. When the squares are side by side, you must "straddle" the squares, landing with one foot in each square.
Step 4: When you reach the end of the court, turn around and hop back. Losing your balance is a "miss" -- that means the player has to leave the court.
Step 5: If you complete the court without missing, step off the court. Then it's the next player's turn. When it's your turn again, pick up your scotch and toss it into the next square. Always hop over a square with a scotch in it. As more squares are taken up by scotches (as other players take their turns), the game becomes harder.
In some versions, players put both feet down to rest in any square that has their own scotch in it, but all other players must hop over that square.
Ready for more variations on the game? Keep reading to learn how kids play hopscotch or other hopping games in different countries.