Children build stamina and leg strength while hopping over a rope.
Gross Motor Skills
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.
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 hopforwards 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.
Have a safe space between children.
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.
Skill Focus Definitions
The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space. Such as required for tumbling, rotation in flight, jumps, and leaps.
Static Balance is one of the most fundamental movement skills. It is the body's ability to maintain a stationary position with control while performing a task.
Is the awareness of space between oneself and another object or person. It is also the learning of positional vocabulary through using their body to help develop an understanding of direction, distance, and location.
These are movements where the body travels through space from one location to another. Locomotor movements primarily use the feet for support, however, the hands and feet can be used together as well.
These skills are part of the gross motors skills group and involve the use of the hands or feet or any other body part to move or manipulate an object. This could be in the form of throwing, kicking, catching, striking or bouncing.
Axial stability involves any form of movement organized around the axis of the body involving the spine. This can occur in different spatial planes and can include bending, twisting, turning, rolling or stretching.
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