I needed a toddler jumping activity.
We were trying to teach our three-year-old how to hop, and it was obvious that he could use a little practice. We needed a toddler jumping activity to help move him along.
So, we grabbed some painter’s tape (a personal favorite) and whipped up a fun game to improve gross motor strength!
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What are jumping activities?
There are many ways to practice jumping.
- Outdoor chalk games
- Jumping rope – older children
- Outdoor obstacle courses
Jumping is a gross motor activity. This means it is using large muscles in the body. Here is a fun activity to improve arm strength!
What are the different ways to jump?
This activity is a great way to enhance the skill of jumping. It will allow your preschooler to practice takeoff, flight, and landing.
Five different types of jumps
- Two-foot takeoff, two-foot landing
- Two-foot takeoff, one-foot landing
- Hop – one foot take off, same foot landing.
- Leap – one foot take off, another foot landing.
- One foot takes off, two feet landing.
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How to play this jumping activity
- Begin with one row of painter’s tape.
- Next, invite your toddler to jump over the tape.
- Add another piece of tape and invite your child to jump over it again.
- Continue adding tape until you reach a stopping point.
- As your toddler jumps, try different jumps and demonstrate bending your knees as you swing your arms forward.
Remember, toddler activities don’t need to be complicated for your three-year-old to enjoy them!
We only need one supply!
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