Let’s Get Hopping!

We have been exploring the world of fairy tales so let’s enjoy some sunshine and use our gross motor skills to play Royalty Hopscotch.  Use sidewalk chalk to draw a hopscotch design for the children.  Draw pictures of different things the children have seen in fairy tales.  Take turns counting and hopping from square to square.

Materials:

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sidewalk

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Create a smaller version of hopscotch using the numbers 1 to 5.  Assist your child as they count and then add more squares as they master their counting.  You could also use shapes or objects instead of numbers.  For example: crown, tiara, castle, mask, music notes; instead of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Three-year-olds—Let your child draw the hopscotch and then you can take a turn hopping and counting.  Try jumping with both legs, then change, can you hop with one leg?  Switch roles, now you draw the hopscotch and let your child jump, hop and count.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Make it more challenging by adding more numbers or changing the shape of the hopscotch game.  You could extend the learning by letting your child draw the hopscotch and turn it into something longer like an obstacle course that you complete by following what is drawn on the ground.

Skills Supported: Gross motor skills through jumping, hopping and skipping. Counting from 1 to 10. Creative and imagination. Fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

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