Summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy it kids is by getting the sidewalk chalk out and play a good old-fashioned game of Hopscotch! How much fun you can have without using any electricity :)
The Rules for Hopscotch
1.The first player tosses his token into the first space.
2.Hopping on one leg, the player skips onto each numbered
space, first in ascending order. He must hop over the space where his token is.
3.The player is allowed to step on HOME (the space indicated
by footprints) with both feet. This is also the space for the player to take a
short rest. He turns around and readies himself to continue.
4.The player must hop back in descending order to the
starting position. On the way back, he must stop on the space just before the
one where his token is, bend and pick up his token while still balancing on one
5.After picking up the token, the player hops onto the space
where the token was and continues hopping on the rest of the spaces.
6.The next player then takes a turn.
7.When a player has successfully completed tossing this
token into all spaces, he is then allowed to try and "land" a home.
What this means is that he repeats steps 1 to 5 but after he completes hopping,
he stands in front of space #1, with his back to the hopscotch pattern and
tosses his token over his shoulder. If his token lands within any space (except
HOME), he can claim that space as his "home". The owner of the space
is allowed to step on that space with both feet. All others are NOT ALLOWED to
hop on that space.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The player loses his turn if he:
- loses balance while picking up his token and his other
foot or hand touches the ground.
- his token touches the hopscotch pattern lines.
- he falls.
- he touches the hopscotch pattern lines with his foot while
He will then have to resume by tossing his token in
the space that he failed to complete AFTER the other players have had their
Here is a tip I found online and I would like to share it with you.....not sure if it works cause I haven't tried it yet...I was thinking of taking a small area in the yard and trying it to see what happens!
How To Get Greener Grass
Mix up a secret tonic:
Paul Michael, a blogger for WiseBread.com swears by a homemade tonic for keeping his lawn green.
Mix: 1 can of soda, 1 can of beer, ½ cup of dishwashing liquid (not the antibacterial brands), ½ cup of household ammonia, ½ cup of mouthwash,
Pour the mixture into a
10 gallon sprayer and apply it to your lawn twice a month.
According to Michael, who got the recipe from a golf course groundskeeper, the ammonia promotes growth and greens the lawn and the mouthwash kills bugs and grubs.