Draw the hopscotch court as above on the ground with your chalk, each square should be about the size of a newspaper. The first player tosses the marker into the first square; it must land within the confines of the square without bouncing out or touching a line. The player then hops through the course, making sure to skip the square with the marker in it. Players hop in single squares with one foot (either foot is fine), and use two feet for the side by side squares, one in each square. Upon completion of the hop sequence, the player continues their turn, tossing the marker into square number two and repeats the pattern.

Loss of turn occurs when a player:
1. Steps on a line
2. Misses a square with their marker toss
3. Loses balance
Players begin their next turn where they last left off.

The first player to finish one full course for each numbered square is the winner – careful not to step on any lines!

This game has international appeal, though it goes by different names:

New Yorkers call it Potsy, Persians call it Laylay
French call it Escargot (snail),
but Bosnians use their word for it — Puz
Germans and Austrians dub it Himmel und Hölle (Heaven and Hell)
In India, it goes by kith- kith or Ekhat-Dukhat (one two houses)

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