There are many variants of the name and rules to play hopscotch, but this game has the same physical benefits for the health of your child than other sports or physical activities.
Although its origin is not known exactly, the Rayuela is one of the most popular games in the world and is associated with the known linear games in times of Greek and Roman civilizations. In Latin America and Spain it is known by several names from yew gourmand or stepped up.
One of the most popular figures in the Rayuela is the Caracol, which includes numbered boxes and that is to go pushing the stone with his foot to “hopscotch” from square to square up to the last, and then cross it in the opposite direction to cast out the stone.
Before any sport or physical activity is important to consult your pediatrician, especially if your child has any physical condition that requires evaluation.
It is important to know that besides being a fun game, according to the official guide physical activity for children and adolescents in the US Department of Health, the Rayuela is considered an aerobic activity because it requires your child to jump.
In addition to having as an aerobic exercise, learn or play hopscotch jump also helps your child reach one of the milestones of physical development, as explained by pediatricians.
Whether playing it individually or in teams, Hopscotch allows practice balance, strengthen children’s legs, target practice, jumps, coordination, plus your child will learn to number and remember positions, an exercise in visual skills and motor.
Do not forget that is approximately 5 years old, and your child can jump and is ready to learn a new game. There are several types of exercises and games that you can share with your child.
Remember that physical development refers to the maturity of the body in relation to the skills and functions, for example, gross motor development (using large muscles) such as legs and arms, and fine motor development (requires the precise use of muscles), for example, hands and fingers.
How to play hopscotch?
Remember that playing hopscotch is not only easier but safer than other activities, such as jumping on a trampoline.
One of the simplest and most common ways to play it is to paint on the floor space of approximately 75 centimeters by 150 centimeters, divided into six equal areas numbered in order from 1 to 6.
According to the site children’s play “My yellow room,” the game starts throwing a stone at number 1 box, pushing with one foot to 2, then 3, preventing the stone out of the pictures or lay on the streak delimits. Table 3 both feet, then passed through 4, 5, and finally to 6, box called the world support the game ends.
Instead of numbers, you can be placed on the tables the names of the players, drawings of animals, dots and dice or letters. You can add or delete lockers, and is recommended to limit to four the number of players to avoid long waits.
Should introduce the game making them go the diagram without throwing the stone, to practice coordinating jumps and then enter the game rules adapted to the age and knowledge of children.
Another figure of great acceptance is the Airplane, divided into squares. It involves throwing a stone at each of the boxes, starting with the first, and becoming a tour round, jumping to the “lame duck”.
You can not step on the box where the stone fell and feet are supported separately in parallel boxes (4-5 and 7-8) unless one of them has the stone, which should recorgese on the return stroke.
After completing the course of the eight boxes, still carrying the stone paths on the instep, over the fist of one hand and on the head. When you start each of these paths, the stone must be thrown into the air and pick it up with your hands.
If you get complete all the routes described, the player is placed with its back to “airplane” and throws the stone three times backward over his head, trying to fall into a box.
If successful, choose one of them as “home”, which can only step on their owners. Win more “houses” get.