The children learn sequencing while hopping and jumping.
No Equipment Required
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.
Have the children line up on one side of the room with a safe distance between them.
Moving forward, the children do first onehop 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.
Instruct the children to move forward in a straight line during the activity to avoid colliding with others.
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.
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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