# Who Invented Hopscotch?

Can you hop? Jumping up and down on just one leg isn’t easy. Even bunnies don’t “hop” for real: they really jump off both back feet. So hopping is the big challenge in the game hopscotch. More than 1,000 years ago, soldiers in the Roman army got exercise by hopping through numbered squares drawn on the ground. Little kids liked the game so much that they copied it. They drew their own smaller squares, and that’s where hopscotch came from! In hopscotch you can write whatever numbers you like, throw rocks to block squares, and make up your own rules. So you can invent your own new game every time.

Wee ones: What shapes do you see on this hopscotch board?

Little kids: If you write the numbers 1 through 8 in order on your hopscotch board, what number do you write before the 6?  Bonus: If your hopscotch board has spaces 1 through 10, how many hops do you do if you land only on the odd numbers once each?

Big kids: If 6 people and their 6 pet bunnies start hopping, how many feet are hopping all together? (Remember: bunnies hop on 2 feet, but we don’t!) Bonus: If you number 1 through 12, and skip all the multiples of 4 as well as the non-4-multiple square your rock landed on, how many hops do you do to hop to the end and back?

The sky’s the limit: If a bunch of people and bunnies play hopscotch, and there are 8 players in total but 1 more bunny foot than people feet hopping, how many bunnies are playing?