Hop & Jump

Hop & Jump

Closing Activity
The children learn sequencing while hopping and jumping.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Locomotive Movement
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Jumping
    • Hopping
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Sequencing
    • Body Awareness
    • Motor Planning
    • Lateralization
  • Key Language
    • Hop
    • Jump
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Feet
    • Together

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  If hoping is still difficult, hold the child’s hand through the hopping phase but allow them to do the jump to two feet alone.

Intermediate  The sequence can be repeated using their non-dominant leg to add further challenge.

Advanced  Encourage the children to gain as much distance as possible when doing the hops and the jump. This can be done using both the left and right legs.

Special needs  Repetition will develop confidence and rhythm. Only one or two hops can be done initially and add the third to the sequence if ability allows.

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Have the children line up on one side of the room with a safe distance between them.

Moving forward, the children do first one hop and a jump, followed by two hops and a jump, followed and ending with  three hops and a jump.

The jumps are done with the feet together.

This sequence or pattern is repeated continuously.

This activity can also be a way for the children to leave the room or when transitioning from one place to another.

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Safety Precautions

Instruct the children to move forward in a straight line during the activity to avoid colliding with others.

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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  To communicate with the brain and body to execute the hops and jumps effectively.

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