Jump & Turn

Jump & Turn

Closing Activity
Children experience directional movement in flight while jumping and turning.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Spatial Awareness
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Jumping
    • Turning
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Extra Small Space
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Seated / Wheelchair
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Directionality
    • Body Awareness
    • Focus / Attention
  • Key Language
    • Jump
    • Look
    • Quarter
    • Half
    • Straight
    • Tight
    • Full

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners: Practice only the first jump quarter turn to begin with, once comfortable with this, add in the next and the next.

Intermediate: All jumps can be done first in a clockwise direction and then anti-clockwise.

Advanced: Give an instruction for a turn and the direction and they must do as said.

Special Needs: Work through the teaching suggestions above moving at an achievable pace. Wheel chairs can do the same turns as someone on their feet.

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Explain to the children they they will do jumps and turn in the air only a certain amount and land facing a given object.

Start with jump quarter turns. Choose or create a visual point on which they must look upon landing each jump quarter turn.

The body must be kept nice and tight and straight like a pencil when doing the jumps.

The jumps must only be done on instruction to ensure all children are concentrating and ready to jump. 

Once the children have mastered doing four jump quarter turns and are back to where they started, you can have them try to do jump half turns, be sure that they always look for the visual marker to help them balance and keep upright on landing. 

The turns can be done in both a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.

Lastly if you feel your childnen can to be challenged they can try and do a jump full turn. Have them understand that to achieve this they need to be very tight with good posture and on landing to tighten up all muscles to stop all movement and stop still. Eyes then look at the visual marker, jump turn and look straight away again at the marker to successfully do jump full tun.

If you feel it will help, draw a circle and show the quarter and half segments so that the children better understand what their bodies are doing. This could also be an art activity for the children.


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Safety Precautions

Be sure the children have a good distance between them in case someone loses their balance, especially when the jump full turns are being done. Keeping a straight tight body is important.

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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.

Auditory-Motor Integration  The ears need to take in the instructions and the muscles need to respond appropriately.

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

Directionality: awareness of the correct direction in which to move the body

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