As Long As A RopeActivity Four Balance and body control are practiced as each child tries to jump the full length of their own body.
- Axial Stability
- Small/Large Group
- Special Needs
- Extra Small Space
- Small Space
- Physically Challenged
- Body Awareness
- Gross Motor Skills
Beginners Keeping the feet together from start to finish may be challenging, if needed place a beanbag between their feet to help them focus on keeping their feet together.
Intermediate Encourage the use of the arms for the jump, the keeping of the feet together, and a balanced landing.
Advanced If easily achieved have each child place their arms up next to the ears and the measurement done from the tips of the fingers to the heels. This will then require a much longer jump.
Special Needs Challenge the children to jump as far as they can. Support one arm to give extra leverage if needed.
If possible do the activity with a small group of children. Have older children do the activity together.
Explain to the children that you will measure their body length using a rope and then have them jump that distance.
Have the child whose turn it is lie down on the floor with their arms next to their sides and toes pointed.
Place the end of the rope next to the heels, have a helper hold it there. Extend the rope to the top of the head. If there is excess rope just fold it over but be sure to have the rope showing the full length of the child’s body.
Place a beanbag at the start and end of the rope to give a visual indication of how long the jump needs to be, and to show where it starts and ends.
Encourage the bending of the legs at the start of the jump and to then swing the arms in a forward upward direction during the jump and a controlled landing.
Leave the rope in place and adjust it to suit the next child whose turn it is, this will save time and enable the children to have more turns.
Be sure the children have their heads up and eyes forward when jumping. This will prevent them from falling forwards when they land.
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.
Visual-Motor Integration To plan and execute the jump assessing where the markers are.