Tammy’s Twist on Hopscotch
Edited by Shannon Smith
I love getting “Letters to the Editor.” So, when I received an email from Pamela giving kudos to her neighbor, Tammy for getting out and playing an updated version of hopscotch with her kids, I was sending a virtual high five through the computer.
First, here is an excerpt from the sweet note from Pamela about her observation.
My name is Pamela and I'm a 62 year old grandma who had a daycare for several years. Yesterday my neighbor was out playing hopscotch with her kids when I noticed a twist—she had taken the old version of hopscotch and made it so interesting. She put things in it like, “go to the red square” or “put one foot on the circle”. She even had a version for the older kids with questions about different subjects. I love what she has come up with and the duration of time the kids played it. I wanted to get a picture for you but the sprinklers washed it away last night…
Check it out,
Through Pamela, I connected with Tammy, who eagerly shared her “twist” on the classic sidewalk game. She even recreated it for us to snap some pictures and before she knew it, her twist on hopscotch was expanding down the sidewalk and around her apartment complex and many neighbors couldn’t resist joining in.
I think it’s pretty awesome that some colored chalk and a little creativity can result in an afternoon gathering and good old-fashioned play.
Now let’s get to Tammy’s Twist on Hopscotch!
• I like to start with the traditional hopscotch (from 1 to 10) and I will play with the kids and incorporate alternating side jumps on one foot or with
• Then, we move to adding "leap frog" spaces, landing with both feet and hands.
• From there, we all get goofy and try to challenge ourselves with spins in different directions, as well as adding commands like "Clap 1 to 3 times."
• We end with something fun like a “Tornado Spinout”, “Karate Kick”, or “Strike a Pose.”
Tammy shares, “I feel that it's a fun and engaging family activity to re-introduce ‘old school’ games. It also keeps them away from TV and video
games, provides exercise, encourages creativity and develops motor skills.” She adds, “I've also noticed a sense of pride and accomplishment when they are done and get to see our creations the next day (especially when other people can't help but enjoy a hop as they pass by). It also brings the community together—and all for an inexpensive trip to the dollar store and an afternoon of inspiration.”
So, let your imagination run wild and bring that sidewalk to life with your own “Twist on Hopscotch.” We’d love to see what you come up with, so
snap a pic of your favorite outdoor, after school activity and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for sharing Tammy and Pamela!
Tammy Morgan is a neighborhood mom who hopes to spread fun through play.