Out of all childhood memories I had, the best one was playing outdoor games with my friends, and jump rope was undoubtedly the best one! Back then it was just a plaything for us and we didn’t know it benefits. Apart from being a great pastime for kids, it is an excellent cardiovascular exercise. It is inexpensive and very convenient, only requiring a jump rope.
Give a rope to your kids when they go to the park or have a competition between them in your backyard. Make sure that your kids are wearing joggers or sneakers and such clothes that do not bother them while jumping. The size of jump rope should be adjustable. Make them do some stretching exercises and warm-up for a bit to prevent any muscle and joint injuries afterward.
Below listed are a few fun games for kids with jump ropes that serve the purpose of exercise as well.
To train your child with the correct jumping method, show them how to practice without a rope. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and pull your shoulder blades back and down. Put your arms by your sides and bend your elbows out to a 45-degree angle. Jump and land lightly on the balls of your feet with a slight bend in the knees. Make small circles with your arms at the same time.
Hold one end of a standard-sized rope in each hand. Step in front of the rope so that it loops behind your heels. Swing the rope up over your head, and jump as it approaches your feet. As you advance, you’ll be able to keep the rope in constant motion.
Jump a Snake:
This exercise is best suited for pre-schoolers and toddlers. Two people hold the ends of the rope, making sure it’s flat on the ground. Shake the rope so it looks like a snake, while the kids jump over it. Do not let the rope touch your foot!
Double unders are a technique for more advanced jumpers. Jump high and bring your knees toward your chest. Swing the rope fast enough that it will pass under your body twice before you return to the ground. This exercise is not suitable for very young kids.
Bring the rope up above your head in the same way as the basic step. Cross your arms at the elbows as you bring the rope back down to the elbows. Jump and repeat.
For side swing, fold the rope in half and turn around with your body in a circular fashion. Have the partner jump over the rope as it goes around in a circle.
A regular jump with a straddle jump. The straddle jump has the feet spread to shoulder width.
The skier is a double-foot jump like a technique used by skiers. The jumper stands on both feet on a line. Jumping is down sideways back and forth over the line. Children should also try it in a backward and forward direction.