Games of hopscotch lend themselves to social distancing. There is just one active player at a time, and oither players can watch and wait their turn safely.
Hopscotch can be played anywhere that it’s possible to make marks on the ground using chalk or a stick. It is an old folk game with many variations. In the games I’ll post on this blog, a country of origin is given, indicating where a particular diagram and set of rules were recorded by folklorists or anthropologists. A country can have more than one variety of hopscotch, and different forms of hopscotch hop across national boundaries.
El caracol (the snail) from Argentina
Begin drawing this spiral hopscotch at the center. The more squares you add, the longer each player’s turn will last.
1. Players hop to the center and back out again. The center square is a rest stop where players can pause and put two feet on the ground
2. A player’s turn ends when she steps on a line or puts two feet on the ground (except at the center square).
3. After a player finishes one round successfully, she writes her name on one of the squares (but not the center square). Afterwards, that square belongs to her and no one else can hop into it. They have to hop over it.
4. The game ends when no one can hop to the center square, or when all the squares are owned.
5. The player who owns the most squares at the end of the game is the winner.
...and with any folk game, players can agree to change the rules.