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Sledge Jump


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

Cognitive: selective attention, sustained attention, visual processing

Number of participants:

2 or more


  • 2 pieces of letter-sized (8.5×11”) paper x 10


  1. using pieces of paper as sledges, line them up about 10cm apart (this represents the row of sledges)
  2. children form a line at the start of the sledges
  3. when signaled, children jump forward with both legs together over each sledge
  4. once they have jumped over all of them, they turn around using one jump, and jump over them again


This Inuit game kept people warm in cold winter weather (-50 Celsius). The game involves people jumping with both feet over ten sledges lined in a row. Once the person can do this, they must jump once to change directions, then they have 5 seconds to complete the same task in the opposite direction. If any sledges are touched or knocked over, the person must begin the activity again. The goal is to successfully jump over as many sledges as possible in a given amount of time.


Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment:

  • have the child dodge fewer cones to decrease physical demand
  • provide verbal cues for dodging (i.e., when to dodge) to decrease cognitive demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task: have the child complete the jump sequence over the sledges several times to increase physical demand

Change the environment: increase the space between the ‘sledges’ so the child needs to jump further to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • I will jump over ‘sledges’ without touching them, 8 out of 10 times
  • I can jump from one line on the ground to the other

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