TOY STORIES: HOP SCOTCH on Day 186 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids!

Every TOY or GAME has a STORY… a WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY & HOW to share with kids.

Today, it’s the Game of Hop Scotch’s turn to tell its story (with a little help from Grandma Sharon)…

 

The Hop Scotch course of Grandma Sharon's young grandchildren

WHO invented Hop Scotch:  There are a couple of theories regarding the invention of the Game of Hop Scotch, and these theories go back hundreds of years.

The Romans take credit for a game much like modern Hop Scotch where soldiers, dressed in all their gear, would hop along endurance courses for intense military and footwork training.  Some of these courses were 100 feet or more in length.  Yikes!

Then there’s the theory that the Chinese invented a game also much like modern Hop Scotch.  This game involved a course of boxes drawn in the sand, representing a journey to heaven.

WHAT is Hop Scotch:  Hop Scotch is a hopping game with a fairly simple rule – Single square, Single foot.

WHEN was Hop Scotch invented:  The first written reference to the game of Hop Scotch dates back to the late 17th century in an English almanac known as Poor Robin’s Almanack.  The entry refers to Scotch-hoppers.

WHERE was Hop Scotch invented:  Maybe Rome.  Maybe China.  Maybe Great Britain.  It’s your choice of theory!

WHY was Hop Scotch invented:  It appears that Hop Scotch was invented as an endurance game, sport or training.  Over the centuries, the game has been called Scotch-hoppers, Hop Score, Scotch Hobbies, and in the Czech language, Hop Skoc, meaning Hop Jump.

Today, the game of Hop Scotch is widely considered a girls game, but there are variations of Hop Scotch where boys tested their endurance by carrying someone on their backs while playing the game.  Wow.

HOW is Hop Scotch played:  The game of Hop Scotch can be played anywhere a course can be designed… dirt, sand, cement, asphalt, etc., and there are Hop Scotch mats for indoor use.

There are multiple variations of the game and multiple ways to design a Hop Scotch course… chalk, tape, the edges of stones or bricks, etc.  Each player has a “marker” (stone, seashell, small beanbag, etc.).  Each player tosses his marker and begins to hop along the course until he steps on a line, the marker is tossed into the wrong box on the course, or there is a loss of balance 2-foot landing.

Get on out there and play a wonderful Game of Hop Scotch with your kids and grandkids!  Hey, can you play with a child on your back!?  When you win, give them a little “ta-dah!”

Join me here each day in JULY for TOY STORIES on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! A little fun, a little learning and a little “ta-dah!”

 

 

 

TOY STORIES: HOP SCOTCH on Day 186 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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TOY STORIES: HOP SCOTCH on Day 186 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by Sharon Couto