Hopscotch Games

Gat Fei Gei

"Gat Fei Gei" is Chinese for "airplane hopscotch." The hopscotch court is the same as for many traditional hopscotch games, but there's a tricky twist to this game -- you have to pick up your marker by bending backwards and reaching over your shoulder!

One you've mastered that, try to capture and own as many squares as you can. But watch out -- the other players will try to own your squares too. Here's how to get started:

What You'll Need

Paved area to play


Rocks or other markers

How to Play Gat Fei Gei

Step 1: Each player hops on one foot to squares one, two, and three, "straddles" (lands with one foot in each square) four and five, hops on one foot into six, straddles seven and eight, and rests at the pig's head. Then, each player turns and hops back in reverse.

Step 2: Next, each player stands one by one with toes against square one and tosses a marker at the pig's head. The player hops through the boxes and must retrieve the marker by reaching over one shoulder and bending backwards. Successful players claim square one with their initials.

Step 3: Now, players step and land on two feet only in their own squares. Any player forgetting this rule loses their squares, and other players then compete for them. If the court becomes impossible to play, other players may request a "safe" area in one corner of a chosen square. Only the owner may use the whole square.

Step 4: Once all squares are owned, the pig's head is divided in quarters and players compete for the sections.

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The following activities were designed by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls.


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Gat Fei Gei