Playground hopscotch by Marjolein Katsma

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Please excuse this small intermezzo for a challenge… we’ll return to the lines and bitts in a few moments ;)

A neat hopscotch layout found on a school playground I happened to cross.

More about hopscotch:

Rules vary across countries and over time, and may vary even within a country: this particular layout is quite different from the one we used to have.

(The tiles with the numbers are especially made, the others are standard-issue paving tiles – the most common ones are just grey concrete but they do come in different colors. They are exactly 30cm square, so all sorts of other things one needs to put in the pavement follow that standard size.)

Taken in Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010-07-14
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 4 years ago

    Great shot, that looks like a tough hop scotch layout! Haven’t seen kids playing hop scotch since I was a kid! Tony

  • Well… the layout is not even like the one we used to have, which we just drew om the pavement (easy, when you have these neat 30×30 tiles!). Apart from that, you needed a square piece of wood, which you had to hopscotch from one box into another – if it landed on a line you were out, and had to yield to the next; and there was a box along the top – if the block ended up in there you were ‘dead’. :)

    You can’t play that game with this layout, there are no lines! Then again, it’s possible it was played with different rules in different places – that happened with a lot of games.

    Thanks for your comment, Tony!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 4 years ago

    Heb je zelf ook even een baantje gehopscotchs, ja vroeger moesten we ze zelf tekenen met krijt toen waren we nog creatief LOL
    Leuke foto ook weer !!!
    Knap ook dat je de vertaling gevonden heb……

  • Nee, met m’n baby tas (ehh, fototas) om m’n schouder and een camera om m’n nek ben ik maar niet gaan hinkelen! ;)

    De met krijt getekende hinkelbaantjes zijn wat mij betreft ‘echter’ (tenminste met onze regels!) want die lijnen waren belangrijk! Het hinkelblok mocht er immers niet op terecht komen…

    Dank voor je leuke reactie en de fave, Erik!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 4 years ago

    We did the same thing drawing on the street or pavement but used keys on a ring to toss. What is different with this one is the space between the #’s, when we drew it 2 &3 for example would be right off the corners of the one, Tony

  • Exactly! The boxes were all directly adjacent (and the lines between them important). But I have no idea what game the kids play on this… when I happened by here today school was out already…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • angeljootje
    angeljootjeover 4 years ago

    Leuke foto Marjolein,doet mij echt even aan vroeger denken….
    Groetjes Johanna

  • Dankje Johanna! Ja ik zit ook net de regels weer op te halen die wij vroeger gebruikten… zo zie je maar wat een simpele challenge op RedBubble los kan maken. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • MarjorieB
    MarjorieBover 4 years ago

    Wow! I just measured off 30cm; that’s just a shade less than one foot for those of us who use imperial measure. It easily accommodates my adult foot, with plenty of room to spare. Quite a distance, especially for a child, to hop to the next box; you’d have to go at quite a quick pace, I think. I can’t see stopping to reach across and pick up the marker (we always used a pebble). I remember sometimes we would draw the boxes very, very tiny, so it was hard to fit more than your toe inside. So you had to do it tip-toe the whole time. This is an interesting idea, but I always enjoyed drawing the court; I don’t think I’d care so much for one that was made. Just like I’d rather climb a real tree than a jungle-gym. Great picture, though, and once again thanks for the info links. :-) Fave for sure.

  • I think the 30cm size was chosen (waaay back when, before I was born) mostly for practical reasons. One being that it is of a size and weight that it can still be handled by a single man doing the flooring, and flooring is a lot faster than with bricks. There are larger ones (60 and 90 cm), but to lay those one needs a machine to help… I remember walking somewhere once, I think it was somewhere in Spain, where the tiles were smaller, just 20cm – equally standardized, but the result had a totally different feel.

    If you have a loko through my Street seats series you’ll see several examples of how our 30cm tiles are used. :)

    But you’re right: this court (thanks for that term!) doesn’t feel quite ‘right’ to me, without the chalk lines! Our boxes were usually 60 or 90 cm though we used to treat the tiles as a unit: two tiles or three tiles! ;)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • nadeedja
    nadeedjaover 4 years ago

    Very nice shot. It really reminds me on the childhood games that I used to play

  • So funny it seems to trigger childhood memories for many viewers! I had not anticipated that.

    Thank you, Nadeedja!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 4 years ago

    I thought of hop scotch right away..Love the shot Marjolein..

  • Originally, I only conceived this as ‘context’ for the Nine and only when I saw it back thought I might as well post it. But I’m still surprised how it seems to strike a chord in so many people.

    Thank you for your nice comment and the fave, Kim!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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