Hopscotch is a fun game that has been played on playgrounds around the world for decades. It has also been used for other purposes such as military training. Hopscotch has a rich history and still enjoyed by many school children and adult alike as a fun activity that is simple to play. It can virtually be played anywhere and very few supplies are needed to play it.
History of Hopscotch
Hopscotch traces its origins back to the early days of ancient Britain during the days of the Early Roman Empire. Hopscotch used to be played on 100-foot courts and was used mainly for military training purposes. Roman soldiers would run the entire hopscotch court in full body armor with their packs on to improve their footwork, agility, stamina, and endurance.
Over time, Roman children were drawing smaller versions of the hopscotch course with 10 spots to hop as they imitated the regular exercise completed by the adult soldiers as they prepared for battle.
Hopscotch Goes Worldwide
Hopscotch spread in popularity and has since become a worldwide activity. Hopscotch is called “Marelles” in France, “Templehupfen” in Germany, and “Hinkelbaan” in the Netherlands just to name a few options of how popular the game has become. More variations of the game have become popular as well as children look for new challenges and fun new ways to play a long-time favorite playground game.
Today, hopscotch is a game that you can see getting played on school playgrounds throughout the US. Many playgrounds areas have hopscotch courts spray painted onto the pavement for kids to play on. In driveways in neighborhoods throughout the world, it’s an inexpensive game to play that passes time for children. Children simply draw the court out on the sidewalk or street with a piece of chalk and they have hours of fun playing this classic game.
Sometimes, even adults enjoy a lighthearted game of hopscotch for fun. Clubs exist throughout the country and there are even 5K and 1K races that have hopscotch built into them. One of the most popular events of the sort is the Hopscotch Music Festival which next scheduled to get held September 5th to 7th 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tossing markers (usually a smooth rock or stone) and having to pick them up while standing on one foot or “hopscotching” can make the game more fun and challenging for older children. If a player misses their marker, falters, or lets their foot touch the ground, they are effectively “out” of the game. The last person left wins.
Many children also play with more than 10 squares to make the game more challenging by making the course longer. Soldiers used 100 spots, but 25, 50, or 75 may be used by children who want to find a challenge that meets their needs. Variations of the game that children have created over time also exist, but the root of it is always a fun jumping and hopping game!
Hopscotch is a fun game that can be played almost anywhere and continues to keep children entertained for hours. Imagination and creativity can give children many variations of this game and make it a fun game to play alone or with their friends.