Play ideas and activities Jumping Stages: 25 to 36 months

Why do it?

  • Growing children enjoy being physically active. Jumping uses large muscles and builds on their walking, running and climbing skills.
  • Using large muscles helps to strengthen them.
  • Children’s confidence increases as more motor skills are learned.
  • Physical activity relieves stress, especially if the activity involves large muscles and big movements.
  • It’s fun.

How to do it

  • You can help your child by getting them to begin learning to jump from something low, such as the bottom step.
  • Try to understand what it’s like for a little person to push up and off the ground and to briefly be in the air before landing. It takes co-ordination and some courage. Help them by holding their hands, and giving them a bit of a lift as they jump. Use words to help with their timing, ‘One, two, three, JUMP!’
  • Find other places to jump, such as over cracks in the footpath, lines on a netball court, a little puddle or some seaweed on the sand at the beach.
  • Draw some chalk ‘lily pads’ on a path and play 'frog jumping' from one lily pad to another.
  • Follow your child’s lead as to how much they want to try and when it’s time to stop holding their hands.