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Explore the Jump


Physical: balance, upper and lower limb coordination, agility, power

Cognitive: selective attention, sustained attention

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

1 or more


  • optional: skipping rope, string, small hurdles, masking tape


  1. children jump in different ways:
    •  jump high
    • jump far
    • jump and reach up
    • jump and reach out
    • jump up and forward
    • jump up and land in the same place
    • jump and turn
    • jump forward with a partner
    • jump over a rope
    • jump like a bouncing ball
    • jump with your feet straddled then together
    • jump forward then backward
    • jump and make shapes while in the air
    • jump and mark your landing with your beanbag
    • jump to the drum beat
    • jump 3 times forward
    • then 3 times backwards
    • jump and land with your feet wide apart and then close together
    • jump like a frog
    • jump like a rabbit
    • jump in a zigzag pattern or circle
    • jump quickly
    • jump slowly
    • jump quickly then slowly
    • alternate jump/hop
    • jumping jacks
    • jump and clap your hands above your head

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child focus on either their upper body or lower body to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment:

  • have the leader give commands on what type of jump the children should perform to increase cognitive demand
  • designate a spot for the child to jump in to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to perform 5 different types of jumps in two weeks
  • I can jump while holding my coaches/ families hands for support