Saturday, May 13, 2006


jump rope (skipping)

Activities for K-3
Try these jump rope activities with younger children in your Jump Rope For Heart event.
Jump Over Rope -- Lay a rope on a flat surface, then ask the children to jump back and forth over it.
Limbo -- Have two children hold the jump rope horizontally, while the other students pass under it. The two children will lower it slightly for each successive pass.
Hopscotch -- Children can toss objects into an area or figure that's outlined by the rope on the ground.
Rope Hurdles -- Children can jump over the jump rope while it's raised a few inches from the floor.
Alphabet Soup -- Have students group together to spell simple words with their ropes and bodies.
Counting Activities
Count Turns -- Have two older children or parents turn the rope, while the younger children count the number of turns.
Mathematics -- Have the children do an addition problem like 2 + 2 = 4, then ask them to make a "4" on the gym floor using a rope.
Count Jumps -- Have a child jump up and down while the other children count the number of jumps.
Letters and Numbers -- Have the children form letters, shapes and numbers using the jump rope and their bodies.
Basic Jumping Skills(Activities to teach students how to formulate their jumping skills)
Jumping Jacks -- Children start in a standing position, then jump to a position with legs spread and hands touching overhead, then jump back to the original position.
Bunny Hops -- Children take small hops.
Plastic Hoops -- Children jump over plastic hoops while the hoops rest on the floor.
Music -- Music is key for this level. Choose music students like with a strong and steady beat, with a tempo between 125 and 135 beats per minute, and that suits the style of jumping. Use music while the children jump; encourage them to jump with the beat. Try the Jump Rope For Heart CD.

Skill Builder: Jumping Rope Learning to skip like a champ
By Jennifer Kelly Geddes
To teach all the right moves, as explained by Amy Stavig of the United States Amateur Jump Rope Federation:
• Get into the rhythm. Practice jumping with your child, sans rope, about three to five inches off the ground, with knees slightly bent. Once she’s able to mimic your pace, she’s ready to add the rope.
• Measure the length. Have her “try on” her jump rope by standing on the center of it and pulling the handles up. They should extend to just below her shoulders.
• Turn the rope. With her feet together, the rope behind her, and her arms bent at the elbow near her waist, have your child swing the rope over her head so it lands in front of her, then step over it and repeat. This will help her judge the time it takes the rope to travel.
• Jump! Have her start off by turning, jumping, stopping, and repeating. If she’s having trouble, have someone help you take over the swinging for her (turn at the same height as if she were doing it herself).
• Bust a rhyme. To help her stick to the beat, teach her a chant, such as “A-My Name Is Alice” or “Miss Mary Mack.”
Parenting, April 2005

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