In my childhood I found the flat sidewalks of Chicago made hopscotch a fun option for kids with nothing to do. The classic game of active amusement could become a neighborhood tournament through creative innovation back then. Kids at play often reveal astonishing creative talents.
Hopping With Holly
Holly, a friend from those days, told me about the summer she stayed with her aunt and had no place to play. But she befriended the girl who lived next door.
They found some chalk and drew a hopscotch course on the sidewalk. They played every day, and invented new hopscotch courses with twists and turns and challenging passages. Soon other kids were joining in.
By midsummer Holly and her friend had organized daily hopscotch contests and even gave out award certificates they made themselves.
With a stick of chalk and a lot of creativity Holly and her friend turned that summer into something special.