There are many different gross motor skills that we can work on as our kids grow up. One activity that most kids just love to do is Jumping. There are many different ways to Jump. You can use jumping to build coordination and get your child active. We are going to explore some easy ways to jump with two feet. These jumping activities can help develop the legs and good coordination.
This is an easy activity that could be done with multiple levels of skill. Older kids can do more directions and younger kids can do simple movements. You can let your kids be creative as they go about the activity. All the ideas for jumping came from my Gross Motor Printable List.
This activity is really easy to set up. All you need for it is some masking tape to make a square on the floor. If you have a younger child you might want to give them a small x in the center of the square so they have a spot to jump to and from.
If want to make this activity fun for the kids I have put together my gross motor activity bin. I have the Gross Motor Printable Lists, craft sticks with numbers and directions. The girls love it because they can pull out the activity and number. I this set has the jumping directions and numbers craft sticks in it.
Jumping In Place
I start off with just some jumping in place. This will get your started on the jumping activity. It is always good to start on something in place before moving directions. It will warm up the body so it is ready for different activities. I have them start in the box and just jump.
Here are some ideas to make sure your jumping is creative and fun:
- Roll a Die or pick a stick and Jump in place that many times
- Jump as High as you can
- Jump as low as you can
Jumping In and Out of the Box
Jumping with two feet is a basic start for a gross motor skill. It is a skill you can develop early on. There are many ways to jump with two feet. I like to give my girls a tape box on the floor. This gives them an area to work with. There are many different directions for you to jump. Explain the different sides of the box and where you can go.
Areas of the box
- To the side right or left
- Front or Back
- 4 corners of the box
You can call out the areas or you can use craft sticks like I have done with my girls. I often will demonstrate the directions for the girls the first time so they know what words I’ll be using and where I went.
You can have them repeat the activity or direction by picking a number. We pull the craft numbers to make this fun. An example would be: jump to right corner from the center and back to the the center 5 times. This can become really creative for the kids to do. When you cover all the different directions you can jump to it builds a good center of balance for the kids.
If you are looking for other great gross motor ideas check these out:
- Single Person Gross Motor Movement with Balls
- Gross Motor Movements with Balls
- Gross Motor: Measuring the Lines