What Can You Do with Bubble Wrap?
Did you play hopscotch at recess?
Hopscotch courts used to be drawn in chalk on elementary school playgrounds.
There are 10 contiguous squares, each more than big enough to hop into on one foot.
The squares typically alternate in a vertical row, with one, then two squares side-by-side, then one, numbered from 1 to 10.
Alternate designs include all ten squares in a row, a turn-around semi-circle instead of a tenth square and a pattern of squares that is three singles, followed by a double, a single, a double and a single square.
Players throw a rock to the first square, then hop onto square 2 and each successive square to 10, and back again.
They pick up their rock, hopping in that square only after they have their rock, and return to home, the line outside the first square.
If they fall while hopping, or hop into the wrong square, or on a line, or do not throw their rock inside the next numbered square, their turn is over and they must start again on their next turn.
Each time they finish hopping from the first square to the tenth, and back again, they can throw their rock to the next numbered square and continue their turn, skipping the square that has their rock in it.
The first to throw their rock into each square and hop through all squares and return wins.
What About the Bubble Wrap?
You can send a hopscotch court to a far-away grandchild using bubble wrap.
- Cut squares of bubble wrap about the size of a sheet of notebook paper (8 ½ inches x 11 inches).
- Use a marker to draw a very large number on the bubble wrap.
- You will need 10 pieces of bubble wrap, numbered 1 through 10.
- Write out the hopscotch rules on a piece of paper or cardboard.
- Enclose the bubble wrap squares and rules in two pieces of cardboard.
- Address to grandchildren and mail.
- It should weigh less than 13 ounces, which, in the U.S., qualifies for inexpensive first-class mail.
This works either indoors or outdoors.
If you wear shoes, your feet won’t stick to the bubble wrap.
Thanks to giverslog.com for this activity.
Thanks to Grandmaideas.com for finding this activity and posting it to her Connecting with Far Away Grandchildren section.
What were your favorite recess games in elementary school?
Do your grandchildren have recess?
Have you ever played jacks with your grandchildren?
To you and sharing the simple delights of childhood with your grandchildren.
Carol Covin, Granny-Guru
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