Jumping Skills for Children: Off the Ground!

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Jumping Skills for Children ~

SKILL DEVELOPMENT Series:  

PART FOUR  UP and OVER!

Discover the 5 Tasks for Controlling the Body Off the Ground & the Teaching Objectives

JUMPING Skills for Children means Getting OFF the Ground! UP and OVER! By promoting good posture, perceptual skills and coordination will be developed with practice of this series of tasks. The job for your child is to learn how to recruit their abilities to balance, push through their legs, add the power of their arms and thrust their body~ all those actions propelling them UP into the air!  Once they are in motion, they will need to learn how to arrest that motion,controlling their landings. The starting, coordination of the elements of thrust and repulsion and stopping of movement is the focus of these skill development series.

Jumping skills for children give them the ability to ‘get going’ or join a race or test themselves.

Just released for your use in guiding youngsters:  the eBook version of Up & Over! Manual. It will guide your efforts to get skill training into daily play times.

Body Control Develops Preschool Learning
As Exercise for Kids
Often Is Simply Educational Games for Kids

 Task ONE:       Pop APART   <—–>   Pop TOGETHER

Exercise for Kids Includes: Getting off the ground…It Builds Body Control

Footwork Practice Skill drill for kids feet

STEP BY STEP PROGRESSIONS

To work on body control during kids play try this:

YOU can make a big difference in your youngster’s body control during their play.

Find a safe space that will provide an practice area.

  1. You, the helper, should be near the child at the start.
  2. Discuss goal :  to move their body upwards while separating their feet..
  3. Ask the child to stand with parallel feet
  4. Shadow the child’s upward movement. Stay close.
  5. Use your hands (the helper) to CLAP a rhythm.1-2-3-4.
  6. Have the child JUMP into the air while moving their feet apart.

HELPER HINT: Use your voice well to SAY:   APART   TOGETHER   APART     TOGETHER

* Variation: Use different tempos. Increase the duration of practice. Think in terms of a month of sessions,suggest 15 seconds, initially and then extend the task practice to30 seconds for the next session.

HELPER HINTS:  1. Look carefully USE YOUR WATCHFUL EYE to make sure YOU see if the child’s whole foot is contacting the floor. Remember though that there are strong arches that lift the under surface of the foot.  2.  Keep the width the JUMP to a distance as wide as the shoulders.  3. Ask the child to stay in place:  NO TRAVELING!

TASK #1 OBJECTIVE: LEG, TORSO & FOOT USE & Body management in leaving the supporting surface. This task will allow the child to build leg strength and to develop control over movement and movement sequencing. Rhythmic actions are promoted.

Task TWO:  Two Hands ON & Mule Kick HIGH!

Exercise for Kids Includes: Dynamic Motion…It Builds Body Control

arms and hands must work togetherArm support builds strength

STEP BY STEP PROGRESSIONS

To work on body control during kids play try this:

YOU can make a big difference in your youngster’s body control during their play. In this practice session find a place [like a step or bench] that is stable and steady. That place should be able to support the child’s body weight.

Find a safe space that will provide an practice area.

Start facing the long edge of a balance beam or the bench or stair.

  1. Place the feet together.
  2. Ask the child to lift their hands with straight arms/elbows OVERHEAD. Arms close to head.
  3. Step FORWARD towards the beam/stair with one foot and place BOTH hands on the top surface of the beam/stair.

HELPER HINT: As the hands reach for the beam/stair, the thumbs are point to each other and the tips of the thumbs touch each other.
4.  As the child’s weight is transferred to the hands, ask them to KICK both legs into the air. This dynamic action will require the child to keep the arms straight and the elbows locked. They are kicking UP HIGH…like a MULE KICKS.

TASK #2 OBJECTIVE: LEG, TORSO & FOOT USE & Body management in leaving the supporting surface. This task will allow the child to build leg strength and to develop body control over movement and movement sequencing. Continued arm and core control are developed as the legs are active.

Task THREE:  CRAB Claws & Hips UP!
Exercise for Kids Includes: Dynamic Motion…It Builds Core Control

Body position for skill drill       High body position for strength building

STEP BY STEP PROGRESSIONS

To work on core control during kids play try this:

YOU can make a big difference in your youngster’s body control during their play. In this practice session find a place [like a step or bench] that is stable and steady. That place should be able to support the child’s body weight.

Find a safe space that will provide an practice area.

Start sitting  on the floor/ground with the child’s back facing the long edge of a balance beam or the bench or stair.

Note:  You can use a strip of tape on the floor to represent a beam.

  1. Have the child place their bottom on the floor, with their back facing the long edge of the beam. Their bottom should be 4″ to 6″ from the edge of the beam/stair/tape.  NOTE:  their back should be stretched TALL.
  2. Their legs are long legs. Their knees are straight and feet extended.
  3. Ask that they think about being a CRAB. Their hands are CRAB claws, both hands gripping the beam/stair, arms stretched backwards.
  4. Then ask the child to push their tummy UP towards the ceiling.
  5. It will be GREAT if they can make a TABLE with their back and stomachs so-o HIGH and level. HOLD briefly.

TASK #3   OBJECTIVE: LEG, TORSO & FOOT USE will be used to maneuver the body as the child pushes against the supporting surface. This task will allows the child to build leg strength and to develop control over movement and movement sequencing.

Task FOUR:  Two Jumps OVER the STUMP!
Exercise for Kids Includes: Dynamic Motion…It Builds Spatial Awareness

JUMPING           Jumping

STEP BY STEP PROGRESSIONS

To work on body control during kids play try this:

YOU can make a big difference in your youngster’s body control during their play. In this practice session find a balance beam or place a strip of tape on the floor. Find a safe space that will provide an open practice area.

Start facing the long edge of a balance beam or the tape.

  1. Stand on on side of the beam/tape, on the floor, with the toes pointing to the end of the beam/tape. Feet together.
  2. Take 2 JUMPS in place.
  3. After the second JUMP, JUMP over the beam/tape. SAY:  JUMP  JUMP   OVER BEAM/tape.
  4. LAND firmly, in control…using arms to steady the landing and bending the knees slightly.
  5. Repeat. Two JUMPS and power over the beam to LAND on the start side.
  6. Repeat and try to build a sequence into an easy rhythm.

TASK #4 OBJECTIVE: LEG, TORSO & FOOT USE & body management in leaving the supporting surface. This task will allow the child to build leg strength and to develop control over movement and movement sequencing. Rhythmic action are promoted, if helper adds clapping.

 Task FIVE:       Wheelbarrow OVER!

Exercise for Kids Includes: Getting off the ground…It Builds Arm & Core Strength

Build the arms and the core strengthbuilding strength with a skill drill

STEP BY STEP PROGRESSIONS

To work on body control during kids play try this:

YOU can make a big difference in your youngster’s body control during their play.

Find a safe space that will provide an practice area that has a balance beam or a tape on the floor.

Directions:  Using the wheelbarrow position, with a partner try to move along the ground and then ON and OVER a beam or tape.

START position: For the child: have them lie face down on the floor. Ask them to place their palms FLAT on the floor under their shoulders. Elbows are pointing UP like a grasshopper!

  1. YOU: reach for the mid-calf and GRIP each leg firmly.
  2. LIFT the legs and body until the child’s body is slightly sloped.
  3. CHILD: straighten arms completely and KEEP the body STIFF.
  4. Say: “Your are a wheelbarrow now.
  5. Wiggle the child (a little) to test the strength of the wheelbarrow.
  6. Try to get the wheelbarrow rolling…encourage the child to walk on their hands as you hold the mid-calf securely.
  7. Move slowly and try to feel a strong body and strong arms.

TASK #5 OBJECTIVE:   To develop arm strength, body control and core strength. Awareness of the body positioning is encouraged.

Each SKILL SET has a series tasks to try under your watchful eyes.
Theses tiny jobs are quick to do.

Jumping skills for children will build coordination and develop the ability to take off and land efficiently!

Think of each task as: little jobs to do. But they will attempted under your educated eyes.

We all realize that PLAY is the work of children. Get your kids to work as they PLAY! Our learning never ends. Kids learning never ends.

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