a children’s game


hopscotch = Hickelkasten, Kästchenhüpfen, Hüpfspiel, Paradiesspiel, Himmel und Hölle, Tempelhüpfen, Reise zum Mond, Hinkekasten, Hüpfe-, Huppe- oder Hüppekästchen oder einfach Hopse und Hickeln



“HOPSCOTCH began in ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire. The original hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long!”

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- a children’s game in which a player throws a small stone or other object to land in one of a pattern of squares marked on the ground and then hops over to it to pick it up.

Collin’s English Dictionary


to move or pass through something, as a geographical area or a field of endeavor, making many brief stops: “The candidate HOPSCOTCHED through four states in two days.”

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Legend says that hopscotch originated in Britain during the early Roman Empire. Initially designed as a training regimen for Roman foot soldiers who ran the course in full armour and field packs, it was thought that hopscotch would improve their footwork.

Roman children apparently imitated the soldiers and “hopscotch” spread throughout Europe.

There are many other forms of hopscotch played across the globe. In Malaysia, it is known as ting-ting or ketengteng.

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“If we attend the team training I don’t want to wash elephants, jump off bridges, or play HOPSCOTCH.”

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