Hopscotch was a game that we played outdoors in the front of our home. Because I am from a large family, it was always easy to find someone to play it with. Even with that, children from the neighborhood would also get involved.
HOW WE PLAYED IT:
We utilized 3 large sidewalk panels.
On 2 of these, a large and wide X figure was drawn in chalk.
We wrote numbers as follows as seen in the above diagram.
The numbers 1,2,3,4 were written on the first sidewalk panel.
The numbers 5,6,7,8 were written on the second sidewalk panel.
The numbers 9,10 were written on the third sidewalk panel in a rectangular box – it did not take up the whole panel.
Each player used their favorite rock for the game or one was picked up from the ground. It served as the marker.
All the rocks were then placed in the #1 spot to start the game.
The first player would take their rock and throw it gently into the #2 spot. The object was to keep your rock in that particular section without going outside the lines or into another numbered section.
You would then hop into the boxes that didn’t have a rock in it. You had to hop in numerical order using one foot. You were allowed to use both feet (simultaneously) while hopping in #2/3, #6/7, and #9/10 provided there were no rocks in them. In that case you would go back to using your one-footed hop.
Because there would still be rocks in #1 and the first player’s rock was thrown into #2, at the beginning of the game, the firstplayer would hop using one foot to go to #3 and #4.
#5 would be the next section to hop to using one foot.
When you got to #6 and 7 you could use two feet, (one foot in #6 and the other foot in #7 simultaneously) provided no rocks were in them. Of course at the beginning of the game, there would be no rocks in the numbered portions when the firstplayer got to them.
You were allowed to do a 2-footed hop if no one was in #9 and 10. Again the first player would not have to be concerned about that at the start of the game.
Of course it became more complicated as the game went along, especially if you had a lot of players. It made it more challenging to hop around if there were rocks in several of the numbered spots. It sometimes became a balancing act not to fall.
If your rock landed on a line, you would get to throw it again.
If your foot landed on the line or you hopped out of the section accidentally, you lost a turn.
Once you got to #9/10 you would hop, turn around and go the opposite way, until you got to the starting point of the game. Again you wouldn’t hop in the areas where there were rocks in them.
The last one standing was declared the victorious winner.
We played this game so many times when I was a kid. When it rained our hopscotch diagram was washed away. In that case we would then just make another one with our fat piece of white chalk.
This was fun and quite entertaining for us growing up.
I know geographically there are different ways to play this game. But this is how we played it.
SOURCE: Personal participation as a youngster