How To Play Hopscotch

Hopscotch is such a fun classic game. What makes it appealing is you only need chalk and pavement, and what makes it fun is playing with friends. You get to jump around, throw things, and just enjoy being outside. What could be better! The directions on how to play hopscotch are listed below.


  • Draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground with chalk or use masking tape on a floor and number each square in order. There are several patterns that you can use, depending on the age of the players.
  • Give each player has a marker such as a stone, shell, etc.
  • Stand at the beginning and toss your marker in the first square. Hop over square 1 (you must skip any square that has a marker in it) to square 2.
  • Hop through the grid on one foot unless there are two squares side-by-side, then you jump landing with one foot in each square.

  • Hop to the end, jump and turn around 180° without leaving the grid, and hop back. Pause in square 2 to pick up the marker, and jump out.
  • Toss the marker in square 2, hop through the same way, then square 3 and so on.

Have fun!! 🙂

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20 Responses to “How To Play Hopscotch”

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I haven’t played this in a very long time.

  2. MaryAnn says:

    I used to love playing hopscotch when I was a kid. I don’t think my kids have ever even played it before.

  3. Karen Glatt says:

    I played hopscotch with my sister when I was growing up and loved it. It is a fun game to play outside and the neighbor kids love playing this game!

  4. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I have not seen nor heard of anyone playing hopscotch in years. This was so much fun when I was young. I will have to do this with my grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing

  5. ANN*H says:

    I also remember playing hopscoth when a kid. We used an heel of a old shoe to throw. I havent done this is many many years but would be fun to teach my great grand daughter how to play to old time game.

  6. Renee Rousseau says:

    I really enjoyed this article! Brings back lots of memories that needed a little nudging! Thanks!

  7. Annie Ellis says:

    love this game!

  8. Michelle R says:

    Such a classic, thanks for the reminder!

  9. Sandra Watts says:

    I remember playing this is grade school. Been a long time since then.

  10. Jeffrey says:

    Hopscotch is such a fun game to play.

  11. DENISE LOW says:

    Played this a lot of years ago. It was fun

  12. Amber Deuel says:

    Loved me some hopscotch!

  13. Barrie says:

    I haven’t played Hopscotch in years. I hope kids still play it at recess!

  14. Peg says:

    Fond memories of childhood. Would that more children could learn to play this and other outdoor games without fear like we did when we were youngsters.

  15. Marie L says:

    Thanks for posting this! Very helpful for teaching children!

  16. Jessica C. says:

    I never knew how to play, so when my oldest daughter asked me, I couldn’t tell her! Maybe I’ll print this out, laminate it, and keep it with the sidewalk chalk.

  17. Sarah says:

    Wow, I’ve been playing it wrong for years and never knew!

  18. ellen beck says:

    Years ago we played this at recess all the time. I remember how we would draw it out every single day if it rained and we would plaay until the bell rang!

  19. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    It is such fun to play hopscotch and it is so easy too. All you need is a sidewalk or driveway and chalk.

  20. Jeffrey says:

    Seeing this post about hopscotch brings back pleasant memories of playing the game with my sister when I was little.

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