Can you jump 6 inches or a foot high? Can you land on a spot? Jump over a log or off a block? How many times? Jumping is a coordinated, heavy work activity that promotes motor planning, balance, muscle development, coordination – and bone density too! Jumping is terrific for sensory regulation among sensory seeking individuals and for alerting under-responsive individuals.
Many children begin to jump between ages 2 and 3, though some start later. Jumping is great for the heart, soul, and body. Here are different ways to benefit:
How many times can you jump?Jumping and counting just go together. You can skip rope and count, or just jump and count. You can count by two, by five -- or by seven for teens. Position a few Spot Markers and jump from spot to spot as you count.
Jumping Wakes Everyone Up!Use in the classroom to wake up your "sleepy" students. Set the timer for an activity where students can call out answers to questions while jumping.
Body AwarenessAs you jump up and come down on the ground, your body gains greater awareness. Increase the challenge by closing your eyes or jumping in a Space Explorer while on a carpet (not a floor, which can be slippery).
Can you jump on one foot?Or can you jump and clap? Can you jump and spin in a circle? Jump sideways? Front? Back? Get creative and your kids will not only wake up but also love you for the fun.
Well BeingJumping can be demanding exercise, but the after affects are great. Try a mini trampoline to enjoy the rebound!
Sensory BreakJumping can provide an awesome sensory break when energy levels are too low or too high. Use a jumping board to add variety.
Cardiopulmonary and RespirationJumping is excellent for the cardiopulmonary and vascular system. Oxygen intake and heart rate increase, and blood circulation is stimulated through this rigorous heavy work activity. For support while jumping, hold on to the bars of an apparatus like the Jungle Jumparoo.
You can jump with shoes on or off depending on the surface you are using. Or wear socks with treads. Jumping boards, trampolines and jump ropes all provide great motivators for encouraging jumping at any time.