Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Jumping is an important gross motor skill for the children to practise and learn. Mastering the art of jumping can be quite tricky for younger children. Often children learn the action before they can actually take their feet off the floor. So teaching them to bend and rise suddenly is the precursor to actually jumping. It can help to count before the children jump – one two three, jump. Initially a toddler may jump with one foot only off the ground, encourage them to jump with both feet off the ground demonstrating this to them. 

Equipment required

None

Training Video

Jumping Songs-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Jumping Animals Songs-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

5 little speckled frogs

Five little Monkeys

Hickory Dickory Dock

5 Little Men

Duration

Up to 4 weeks

How it works

Children will learn to perfect the art of jumping with fun jumping songs.

What to do in the class

Choose a couple of songs that have jumping as a part of the choreography – parents lift the child up first on the jumps so they get the idea of going up. Make sure you demonstrate and practice jumping before you do the songs. Encourage children to bend their legs before jumping.

  • 5 Little Monkeys
  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • 5 Little Men

Non-MAD Academy songs

  • Sleeping bunnies
  • Pop goes the Weasel

Adaptions for older/younger children

None

What to do in a nursery setting

 

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