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Jumping Jacks


Physical: coordinated hopping, balance, upper and lower limb coordination

Cognitive: sustained attention

Social: taking turns (if doing activity with more than one person)

Number of participants:

1 or more




  1. child stands straight like a pencil
  2. child then jumps up and out with legs apart and arms over head, like a star

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task: to decrease physical demand, have the child start with leg movement only

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the child do jumping jacks to the beat of the music to increase cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • the child will be able to perform 10 jumping jacks, 3 times in a row while a coach or a partner models the actions in front of them
  • I can do jumping jacks with my friends or family