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Hello Tiegerman Families,
I hope this finds you all healthy, well, and that your child is enjoying the jumping activities. Today’s activity is a challenge for your child to jump as “High” and as “Far” as they can. The games can be modified for an outside or inside activity as well as individual skill level.
Warm Up Dance/Jumping Songs:
Jumping High: Using “Post It” Paper or pieces of tape on a wall, have your child try to jump up and touch the paper. To create more of a challenge, the paper can be moved up the wall depending on your child’s skill level. In this game, a two foot take off is used with the emphasis on bending knees, using looking eyes, and landing in a balanced position. For a more advanced approach, explain that the tape/paper must be touched two times before it’s moved up on the wall.
Modifications: Use a bell/ball attached by ribbon/string hanging from a door way. This will provide more sound and a visual, which will make it more fun for your children.
Jumping Far: This game is called “Jump The River” and focuses on jumping out and far. During this game, you will need tape, string, ribbon, or something to jump over or past. Explain to your child that, “You are hiking in the woods and come across this river. There is no way around it and therefore you must jump over it to get to the other side. Remember, you don’t want to get your feet wet and must jump as far as you can. “The River” can be placed at a diagonal line, so you can continue to monitor your child’s jumping range. This is a modification that I do here at Tiegerman, which helps all ability levels while we are all practicing the two foot take off jump.
Other challenges may include: clapping their hands as they fly through the air, or turning in the air before landing. If space isn’t an issue, your child may try to leap over the river, which is a one-foot take off with a one-foot landing. This could be done with a running head start.
Whatever the variation, parents and children should continue emphasizing landing in a balanced position to prevent injuries. Remember to try your best and have fun!!!