Rope Hop Over

Rope Hop Over

Closing Activity
Children build stamina and leg strength while hopping over a rope.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Locomotive Movement
  • Equipment
    • Ropes
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Bouncing
    • Balancing
    • Hopping
    • Challenge
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Directionality
    • Body Awareness
    • Gross Motor Skills
  • Key Language
    • Hop
    • Forward
    • Over
    • Straight
    • Rope
    • Leg

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Video  Supports all levels

Beginners  If hopping repeatedly on one leg is still difficult, support the child by holding their hand or arm as they hop. Let them stop and rest when needed.

Intermediate  Encourage the children to hop over the rope as many times as they can and to keep their hops small and fast.

Advanced  The hops can be done on both the left and right leg.

Special Needs  Follow the above suggestions and give support as needed.

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Show the children how to lay out their rope in a straight line starting from a floor shape if possible.

If you do not have enough ropes for each child, put the children into groups according to the number of ropes.

The ropes should have at least one meter of space between them.

On instruction the children hop forwards from one side of the rope over to the other until the end of the rope is reached.

Encourage small, controlled hops with the hopping foot close to the rope at all times.

The children can turn around and hop back or run back to their starting place.

Remind the children to have their free leg relaxed and hanging during the activity.

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Safety Precautions

Have a safe space between children.

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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.

Visual-Motor Integration  To measure where the rope is and to hop beside it effectively.

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

Lateralisation  If left or right leg is used in the instructions.

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