|Babies||Walkers 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Hopping requires balance and coordination and is a natural progression once children have learnt to jump. Learning to hop and jump is a good indicator that your child is mastering the skill of dynamic balance.
Two to three weeks
How it works
With adult support children will practice hopping
What to do in the class
Once jumping has been mastered, move on to hopping. This requires more balance. Start by having the child stand on one leg, then get them to change the leg they are standing on by hopping support can be given by hold both hands. Practice this to music for a while. Once they are getting the hang of this, practise hopping more than once before changing legs.
Later you can move on to a hoping game. Lay out some mats in a large circle shape, leaving some gaps every few mats (so lay 2 or 3 mats then a gap, then 4 or 5 and a gap). Make sure the mats that are in sequence are close enough to jump from one to another. Now in the gaps place some hoops to close up the circle.
First of all ask the children if they know the difference between jumping and hopping. Emphasised that hopping was on one leg and jumping on two.
The children have to jump from mat to mat, but when they hit a hoop they have to hop on one leg until they get to the next mat.
Adaptations for older/younger children
Most children are not able to master jumping until two years old, so this activity is best kept for the 2 + children.
What to do in a nursery setting