Jump Rope Simplified

Jump Rope Simplified


  • Jump rope or thick string with a beanbag or stuffed animal tied to one end.
  • Outdoor space or large indoor space free of obstacles.


  1. Hold the rope at one end, or the string at the opposite end from the beanbag.
  2. Crouch down and turn the rope around you like a helicopter blade (you must change hands constantly).
  3. Keep the rope low to the ground.
  4. Encourage your child to jump over the rope each time it comes around.


  • If this is too difficult for your child, try laying the rope on the ground and wiggling it side to side like a snake. Ask your child to “jump over the snake!”


This activity develops rhythm, timing, and spatial perception.


  • Skill: Jump
  • 10 minutes
  • Suggested age: 3 - 6 years