Hopscotch My Qualities
Focus on your characteristics and the qualities that you bring to relationships, friendships, in your learning and how you communicate your needs.
What you’ll need: Large boxes such as cereal boxes, paper, scrap paper, scissors, pencils, pens, and sellotape
What’s it for?
This activity is based on a playground game of hopscotch which has been present in the playground for many years and requires physical and mental concentration. It focuses on putting the body in tune with an internal beat and rhythm and engages the auditory system that develops communication, speech and language.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
If cardboard is not available, then paper will work fine and cut into 10 large squares
Design your numbers from 1-10 on each square large and bold
Place your finished hopscotch ideally on a carpeted area to avoid slipping
If you have wooden floors, then sellotape the paper to the floor and do not wear socks
Now take some paper and for each number on your hopscotch think of a quality
Make this into a chant or song that you can say or sing as you play your game!
Here is an example:
Number 1 I am lots of fun
Number 2 I am kind
Number 3 I listen to my friends
Number 4 I care about my sister
For playing hopscotch you will need a counter or ball to throw onto the numbers
Using some scrap paper scrunch this up into a ball shape and you are ready to play!
Now throw your scrunched up ball onto a number and follow the route to get there
Begin by hopping on your right leg to number 1, then jump with both legs together onto numbers 2 and 3, then your right leg to number 4, then both legs together onto numbers 5 and 6 and repeat depending on the number you need to reach
Using your chant express your quality for each number you step on and embrace this
Being mindful of safety have fun and play hopscotch thinking about your qualities!
If you play with another person you could think about their qualities and you could ask them to think about your qualities and then discuss how this makes a person special.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
How did it feel to think about your positive characteristics?
Did you find it easy or hard to come up with qualities?
How did it feel to mix the physical movement with the verbal quality?
Did it change how you felt about your quality to speak it out loud?
Is there anyone important in your life who has contributed to your qualities?
How did the physical movement of playing hopscotch help you emotionally?
This activity thinks about your own qualities to boost self-esteem and confidence whilst taking part in a physical activity that helps with coordination and problem solving.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Sarah Kong © June 2020
Creative Arts Used: Movement and Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing and Self-Exploration
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