Jump Rope Games

Strengthen your child’s muscles and improve her balance and coordination!

For this Activity you will need:

  • Jump Rope
  1. Tell your child that you are going to play the Jump Rope Game with her.
  2. Begin by laying the jump rope in a straight line on the floor.
  3. Tell your child to pretend that she is in the circus and is the tightrope walker. Have her walk the tight rope with out falling off.
  4. Once she is able to do this, have her try hopping along the jump rope.
  5. Next, stand at one end of the rope and your child at one end. Ask your child to jump towards you. See how far along the rope she jumps.
  6. Now, lay the jump rope in a circle on the floor. Say, "Can you jump into the circle?" Once your child has done this, ask: "Can you put your hands on your shoulders and jump out of the circle?"
  7. Next, ask your child to try hopping into the circle on one foot. Once she is able to do this, ask her to hop into the circle on one foot and hop out of the circle without putting her foot down.
  8. Expand on these steps by giving your child other directions to follow. Think of the many ways that you can ask your child to move (jumping, hopping, and tiptoeing).

Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Show your child how to "jump rope." You may even want to have your child jump rope to music.
  • As often as possible, encourage your child to move! Play the "Hokey-Pokey!" Take your child outside. Together, you might want to skip down the block, walk backwards, swing on a swing, climb up the ladder and slide down the slide, and run around the park. You can even make a game out of physical play by saying, "Let’s see how fast you can run!"
  • Have your child pretend to be different animals, such as a tiger on all fours, a bird flapping his wings or an elephant with a long trunk.

Background Information:

Physical development involves:

  • Having good muscle control and coordination (able to run, jump, climb, balance, skip, and play ball).
  • Developing hand-eye coordination (in order to draw, trace, write, cut with children’s scissors, stack, button, zip, and tie).
  • Having good personal hygiene, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and using tissues.
  • Being aware of good safety.

When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.


You can help your child’s physical development by doing this activity.

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