Jump for Joy
Jump for joy
it’s summer time
Summer approaches bringing fine weather and a great excuse to move our family activities to the outdoors. It’s a challenge keeping children active and away from computers and TV’s, so why not take advantage of the garden and play some simple games that will enhance coordination, balance, fitness and body control. Here is a suggestion for an easy to organise activity that closely relates to gymnastics, promoting gross motor development.
With a long skipping rope and an adult each end turning the rope, children jump in to the rhythm of classic skipping rhymes which can be heard on playgrounds today. This is a superb way of increasing heart rates, whilst learning jumping and teamwork.
"I like coffee,
I like tea,
I want (name) to jump with me!"
"All in together, girls!
Never mind the weather, girls! When I call your birthday,
you must jump in!"
(Other players jump in as months are listed.)
"I had a little puppy.
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub,
to see if he could swim.
He drank down all the water.
He ate a bar of soap.
The next thing you know he had a bubble in his throat! I
In came the doctor,
in came the nurse,
and in came the lady with the alligator purse!"
(Other players jump in as "doctor," "nurse" and "lady" are called out.)
We adapt this activity in our daily classes at Stortford Gymnastics.
Stortford Gymnastics Ages up to 12
Janine Peart 07808 808815/
Karen Perkins 07976 124095