Hopscotch: The greatest playground game of all time!

Hopscotch has previously been hailed as the Greatest Playground Game of all Time.

The game which involves hopping between designated squares on a chalk grid, dates back to Roman times. Apparently the game was used for military training exercises; Roman foot soldiers ran in full armour and field packs along hopscotch courts which were over 100 feet long to improve their foot work. Roman children then imitated the soldiers, drawing their own smaller grids on the ground.

The game remains popular in playgrounds today.

Because my garden is all laid to lawn we have nowhere to mark out a chalk hopscotch grid but I have a fab hopscotch mat that does the same job.

This simple game that I remember fondly from my own childhood is not only fun but also great for maths and physical development.

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