Hopscotch game

hopscotch game for kids

Hopscotch game

The game of hopscotch is a traditional game that is played a lot in schoolyards. This outdoor game can be played wherever you want because you just have to trace it on the ground using chalk. There are several types of hopscotch. We will see here the traditional hopscotch also called: “Heaven and Earth”. The player must alternate the jumps without making a mistake and throw the pebble further and further.

Game sheet

  • number of players: from 1 child
  • age: from 6 years old
  • material: a pebble and a chalk
  • Played outdoors
  • Duration: 15 minutes

Hopscotch game rules

1- For this hopscotch, we play by throwing a pebble. From Earth, throw the pebble on the first space.

2- Hop on boxes 2 and 3, then place both feet on boxes 4 and 5 at the same time. Then set off again on one foot in box 6 and place both feet again on boxes 7 and 8. When you reach the end of the hopscotch, you must then turn around by jumping on your 2 feet, 180 °, to find yourself facing the hopscotch …

3- Now do the course in the opposite direction: always on one foot when there is only one square and on 2 feet when there are 2 squares side by side. Be careful on the way back, you will have to pick up the puck in the process and then jump over the square on which it was placed. Come back to Earth.

4- Repeat the course but throwing the pebble this time on square 2, then square 3 and so on up to square 8. When the pebble is on a double square either 4 – 5 – 7 or 8, you must then hop over in the opposite square.

5- When a player commits a fault, he returns to the Earth space and must attempt to throw the pebble into the Sky space to get a joker. If he succeeds, the player can resume his round where he left off, where he committed a fault. If the player does not get a joker, then he misses his turn!

6- When everyone has passed, then we pick up from the first player who resumes the course where he left off. The first player to complete the course wins the game!


Here are the mistakes not to make otherwise you will miss your turn!

  • miss his throw of the pebble: if he falls out of the hopscotch, on a bad square or on a line!
  • put your foot on a line or in a square where the puck is located
  • put the second foot on the ground when we must be on one foot!

The educational advantages of the game

  • learn to aim
  • work the balance
  • develop gross motor skills
  • play in community
  • learning and listening to the rules of the game

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