Hopscotch is such a classic game that all kids love to play! My girls are constantly asking me to refresh the tired old chalk outline of the squares on the driveway. We thought it might be fun to update this old favorite by turning it into a little race using two hopscotch boards and acorns!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Sidewalk chalk or sidewalk paint or painters tape if playing indoors.
WHAT TO DO: Draw two hopscotch boards on the driveway with your sidewalk chalk. If you are inside, you can always create hopscotch boards on the floor with painters tape.
Inside each of the squares, instead of drawing numbers, write the name of an exercise. We used jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, frog jumps, standing on one foot, hopping on one foot, plank, head shoulders knees and toes, twist jumps, and standing on tip toes.
Give each child or team 10 acorns (or pinecones, mini pumpkins, leaves….whatever fall object works for you). Tell the children that they will play this game as if they are playing traditional hopscotch.
Have the child roll, throw or place the first object on the first square and complete the hopscotch pattern through the course and back to the object.
Then, tell him to pick the object up and complete 10 repetitions of whatever exercise is listed. After he does the exercise, have him place the object in a small bucket.
This continues until all of the objects are in the bucket and all exercises are completed. Which team can do it first?
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
– Draw an original hopscotch board with the numbers 1-10 in the squares along with the activities. Then, the children would do the exercise for as many reps are in that particular square.
– Have the children come up with their own exercises….this could get interesting!
-Don’t have a big group? Don’t worry, this is just as fun when playing with only one child. Race against the clock or try to get all of the exercises completed before mom finishes the dishes….OR, even better, race against mom!!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Gross motor skills, balance, coordination, cognitive skills, social skills, motor control
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