Hopscotch (1976)

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Hopscotch has been a popular children’s game for over 300 years. This recording was made by the Opies in 1976. In it a group of girls explain the different kinds of hopscotch they play; French, English and Spanish hopscotch. The ‘English’ hopscotch the girls refer to follows the ‘aeroplane’ pattern which alternates single and double squares. Research conducted by Iona Opie suggests that this pattern developed as paving stones were introduced to British streets.

Transcript

Transcript

Girl:

Oh we’ve got three different kinds of hopscotch, haven’t we?

Girl:

Yes, we’ve got French, English and Spanish.

Girl:

Spanish? Irish? [laughter].

Iona Opie:

Can you tell me about one of the different types of one.

Girl:

French is a great big square and it’s you’ve got to go from that, number one to two to three to four, and you’ve got to keep going, haven’t you?

Girl:

Yeah.

Girl:

And kicking the stone along, I think …

Girl:

But you're not allowed to play it anymore with stones ‘cause they’re too sharp.

Girl:

Spanish is just about the same isn’t it, Spanish is the same.

Girl:

No, ‘cause …

Girl:

Spanish has got three squares.

Girl:

Yeah, ‘cause someone got cut in the eye.

Girl:

And the English one has got hop, scotch, well this one’s just got hop, hop, hop, scotch, hop, scotch.

Girl:

Yeah, but it’s more at the top isn’t it on the…

Girl:

Yeah.

Girl:

It’s not so … it’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten on the English one.

Girl:

And then on the Spanish … on the Spanish …

Girl:

On the French one it goes up to eight.

Girl:

On the Spanish it’s just one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

Girl:

And on the Spanish one it goes …

All:

one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

Iona Opie:

But you’ve got three diagrams here have you chalked out, what do you call them, three …?

Girl:

They’re different.

Girl:

… hopscotches?

Girl:

Yeah.

Girl:

That’s a hopscotch is it then being on the ground?

Girl:

We’ve got some in our playground and they’ve got some there.

Girl:

We’ve got the couple around …

Girl:

They probably play something different than us.

Title:
Hopscotch (1976)
Date:
1976
Duration:
1:41
Format:
Video
Language:
English
Creator:
Iona Opie
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Audio © The British Library
Images © Raymond Townsend

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