Animal Jumping

Animal Jumping

Opening Activity
The children explore animal movement in a fun way!
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Locomotive Movement
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Bouncing
    • Jumping
    • Hopping
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Body Awareness
    • Gross Motor Skills
    • Motor Planning
  • Key Language
    • Animals
    • Jump
    • Long
    • Short
    • Fast
    • Slow
    • High

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  Inspire the children to pretend to be different animals. Encourage suggestions from the children as to what can be done and ask the child to demonstrate how the jump should perhaps be done and instruct accordingly. 

Intermediate  Ask the children for ideas and have them demonstrate how they think the jump should be done.

Advanced  Have the children tell you one interesting thing about each animal and why they perhaps jump a certain way before doing the jumping.

Special Needs  An activity to encourage creativity, pretend play and different motoric movements at a manageable level.

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Have the children sit in a circle.

Ask the children which animals jump and how they jump.

Be sure to talk about the difference between jump styles and to emphasize words such as high, long, shortbig, slowfast, etc.

Have the children try the suggested ways of jumping. Some ideas are:
Frog jumps: Jumps from a crouched position with knees apart and hands touching the floor between the legs.
Kangaroo jumps: Repeated high jumps with strong back legs and hands held in front as the kangaroos do, jumping high repeatedly.
Grasshopper jumps: Long, high jumps leaping from hands and feet on the floor and landing back in the same position.

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Safety Precautions

Have the children jump in the same direction to keep them from bumping into each other.  

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Sensory and Cognitive Benefits

Vestibular-Cerebellum  Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).

Proprioception  Activation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.

Differentiation  Full conscious control of moving only one part of the body while other limbs remain still.

Visual-Motor Integration  Eyes communicate with the brain and body to execute the gross motor movements effectively.

Sequencing  Understanding the order of movements and producing movements appropriately.

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