Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Hopscotch'
n : a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on
the ground and then hops through it and back to regain
- Hopscotch \Hop"scotch`\, n.
A child's game, in which a player, hopping on one foot,
drives a stone from one compartment to another of a figure
traced or scotched on the ground; -- called also hoppers.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hopscotch'
Hopscotch is a children's game which can be played with several players or alone. Hopscotch is a popular playground game.
To play Hopscotch, a course is first laid out on the ground. Depending on the available surface, the course is either scratched out in dirt, or drawn with chalk on pavement. Designs vary, but the course is usually composed of a series of linear squares interspersed with blocks of two lateral squares. Traditionally the course ends with a "safe" or "home" base in which the player may turn before completing the reverse trip. The home base may be a square, a rectangle, or a semicircle. The squares are then numbered in the sequence in which they are to be hopped.
The first player tosses the marker (typically a stone, coin or bean bag) into the first square. The marker must land completely within the designated square and without touching a line or bouncing out. The player then hops through the course, skipping the square with the marker in it. Single squares must be hopped on one foot. For the first single square, either foot may be used. Side by side squares are straddled, with the left foot landing in the left square, and the right foot landing in the right square. Optional squares marked "Safe", "Home", or "Rest" are neutral squares, and may be hopped through in any manner without penalty. After hopping into the "Safe", "Home", or "Rest" the player must then turn around and return through the course (square 9, then squares 7 & 8, next square 6 and so forth) on one or two legs depending on the square until he or she reaches the square with their marker. They then must retrieve their marker and continue the course as stated without touching a line or stepping into a square with another player's marker.[See more about Hopscotch at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]