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Jumping rope is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Jump ropes are affordable, easy to take with you, and is a great activity that you can do alone or with a group of friends. Not to mention that jump roping is also a great way to build strength and stamina which is why it is a part of so many boxers and athletes training. So, Mom and Dad get in there and try a few jumps along with the kids!
How to Teach a Kid to Jump Rope
1. Model jumping a rope. Like most things modeling the activity and talking them through the steps you are taking is a great way to start.
2. Show kids how to use their wrists for movement instead of their whole arms to move the rope. Let them practice while holding on to only one end of the rope and turning.
3. Teach them the correct starting postition: one end of the rope in each hand, stand in the middle of the rope with the rope touching the back of their shoes, and making sure feet are just slightly apart.
4. Let beginners practice by swinging the rope over their heads and jumping once they see the rope in front of them. This will teach the basic concept.
5. Practice alot!
For younger kids you might also try holding a rope in one hand and spinning around in a circle while the child stands out away from you, where the end of the rope comes out, and tries to jump the rope as they see it coming towards them.
Once a child has learned to jump alone they may have fun jumping a bigger rope while two people turn it for them. You can sing rhymes, practice multiplication or spelling while they jump, or count and see how many they can get in a row. Kids may enjoy turning or spinning while they jump!
My daughter and her friend took two smaller ropes and while holding one end of each rope jumped the ropes together.
On a hot day here is a fun game you can try with your kids, "Jump Rope Splash Water."
You will need:
a long jump rope
one cup of water for each child (the same size)
The object of the game is to keep as much water in your cup as you can. The jumper holds a cup of water tightly with both hands while they jump the rope, trying to keep as much water as possinle in the cup. The jumper tries to get 10 consecutive jumps, then switches to the next player once they have completed the jumps or they miss a jump. That player then tries for 10, and so on until someone runs out of water. The last person with water in their cup wins! All players will be wet and laughing by end of the game.