Do you have active kids who need to burn off some energy? Tell them to jump! It's easy, fun, and requires nothing more than your own two feet. We recently spent some time exploring jumping and came up with some fun ways to add a little variety to this classic exercise.
1. Long Jump: The long jump has been a part of track and field events for decades. We thought it would be fun to recreate that even in our backyard. I laid down a piece of twine for our starting point and then told the girls to jump as far as they could. Each time, we took out our tape measure to see just how far we could jump. (50 inches! Wow!) We tried jumping from a stationary position and then tried running and jumping. Which one took us the farthest?
2. Who can jump the most? This one should really be titled "a sneaky way to tire your kids out when they have way too much energy." All you have to do is say "Who can jump the most before getting tired? Ready, set, go... start jumping!" Have your kids jump and jump some more. Who will be the last one jumping? This is a great way to tire the kids out when they have excess energy. Keep it in your arsenal because you can use it on road trips, rainy days, or any other time your kids are bouncing off the walls.
3. Jumping over obstacles. I set up a mini-obstacle course for the girls to jump over. We had a pile of scrap wood, so I took a few and laid them out at intervals. I challenged the girls to go down the course jumping over each one. If you don't have scrap wood, don't let it limit you. You can use toys, cardboard scraps, rope, sticks, anything you happen to have on hand. Challenge their gross motor skills and have some fun while you're at it!
4. Pose jumping. This was probably my favorite of our jumping activities. I would shout out a challenge, such as "jump like a bird" or "jump like a ballerina," and the girls would start jumping. It's fun to see just how silly everyone can be. I can guarantee lots of giggles with this game! So, start jumping. Jump like a deer or jump like a monster. But, most of all, have fun!
Do you know any fun games that involve jumping?
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