How to Play Ninja Hopscotch
I have a confession. This game actually has nothing to do with ninjas. My sons and I just call it ninja hopscotch because they really like ninjas right now. You can call it anything you want when you play. :)
Phew, now that I got that out of the way. Let me tell you a bit about this game. My kids love to draw with chalk and play outside. Truthfully, I enjoy it a lot too. BUT I get pretty bored playing the same things over and over again. So I developed this game to keep things fresh and new every time we play. This game can also be used at an outdoor kids part or a summer cookout.
Ninja hopscotch starts off like regular hopscotch, two blocks, one block, two blocks, etc. Then some weird stuff starts to happen; side to side hops, stomps, claps, floor smacks, line walking, spins, and anything else you can imagine.
In this Hub I'll walk you through some of the fun moves we've created for our ninja hopscotch game.
Ninja hopscotch starts off like regular hopscotch. Two blocks, one blocks, two blocks, for however long you want. The spaces aren't numbered in this game. Remembering the special moves seems complicated enough for the kids without adding numbers and such, but feel free to add them if you like!
If you aren't familiar with hopscotch, in this part the play hops on both feet in the space with two blocks, then on one foot on the space with one block, then on two blocks again.
Lily Pad Hop
If you're feeling extra ambitious you can make these look like real lily pads, but I typically just draw circles big enough for both feet to fit, then a squiggly line to show the path of motion.
In this section the players hops with both feet on the first circle, then hops with both feet to the next circle, side to side, following the path of motion.
Draw this section by drawing two squares and then a small circle on top of one of the squares, alternating from one side to the other. I also add little lines to the side.
To play, the player hops in the two blocks, like in basic hopscotch, then squats down and hits the circle. Then they pop up hop to the next set of squares then smacks the other circle and so on.
Draw a line for the players to follow like a tight rope. You can draw a straight line, or draw a swirly path like I did here.
Stomp and Clap
Triangles indicate stomping feet. The lines coming off from them show claps. In this section a play will stomp one foot in the triangle, clap twice, then stomp into the next triangle and clap twice again.
Side to Side Hop
This is like the Lily Pad Hop, except the player hops on one foot to the other from one block to the next.
On swirly lines, players spin around. Pretty simple!
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Sometimes we jump through hula hoops, limbo under jump ropes, or add car races into our hopscotch course. You can also draw courses side by side in different colours and interlooping to create races and challenges.
Even though we call it ninja hopscotch, it can really look like a dance depending on how you put it together, so if you're feeling ambitious try putting them to music.
Add other chalk drawing to the course to fight off ogres or meet magical fairies. If you have enough space you could even turn the hopscotch course into a giant board game!
I hope you enjoy this game! Please check out my Hub on how to teach kids how to draw using shapes for more fun ways to play with chalk. Feel free to share your questions, comments, and suggestions below.
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