Hopping About

Hopping About

Opening Activity
Children develop leg strength and stamina while hopping on one leg.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Locomotive Movement
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Balancing
    • Hopping
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Core Strength
    • Body Awareness
    • Motor Planning
  • Key Language
    • Hop
    • Forwards
    • Leg
    • Hang
    • Knee

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  If a child is struggling to hop on one leg repeatedly, hold the hand on the side of the free leg until they gain the confidence, rhythm, and balance to continue on their own.

Intermediate  Encourage repetitive hopping several times on one leg. If easily achieved they can practice with their other leg.

Advanced  For a further challenge, have the children hop as far as they can so covering as much distance as they can with  each hop.

Special needs  Hopping may be challenging, give support by holding the hand or arm to aid balance and leverage.

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Have the children line up on one side of the room with a safe space between each child.

Use a visual marker to indicate the distance you would like them to hop.

Upon instruction, the children hop on one leg forwards from one side of the area to the other.

The children should naturally hop on their dominant leg. If they keep changing legs, try to determine the stronger leg and encourage the child to keep using that same leg.

The free leg should just hang in a relaxed manner. The knee must not be held up in front of the body while hopping as this makes hopping on one leg difficult.

Encourage continuous movement, if the children stop between each hop they may lose their balance.

If your area is small, the hopping can be done on the spot, or the children can hop forwards, turn and hop back.

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Safety Precautions

Encourage the children to hop in a straight line.

Be sure there is a safe gap between the children so they do not bump into each other if they lose their balance.

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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  Anticipating the start and finish line while controlling the hopping from start to finish.

Developing the dominant side  A way to define the dominant side.

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