How to Teach Kids to Jump Rope
Teaching your children to jump rope is a great way to encourage them to exercise each day. Jumping rope not only can keep children busy on a day off from school or when their friends are away, it is a very good activity in keeping you and your kids healthy. An activity strengthens your bone, improves hand eye coordination, stamina, balance and releases strength.
If your child seems confused or unable to jump rope at first, don’t worry. It’s a simple enough skill that takes some getting used to in the beginning. Be patient with your child and demonstrate the technique until he/she gets it.
Jump rope a few times in front of your child so that he/she sees how it is done. Don’t try to impress him/ her with your speed. Go slowly so that he/she can observe the motions of your wrists and legs.
Practice jumping or hopping with your child. Tell him/her to stand with his/her feet a few inches apart. Have him/her hop up and down in one place several times.
Stretch a jump rope straight across the floor. Instruct your child to hop over it, without touching it, a few times.
Show your child how to hold her arms while jumping. Place your arms at your sides and bend your elbows. Press your elbows gently into your sides, just under your rib cage. Arrange your child’s arms yourself if he/she is having difficulty.
Place the rope’s handles in his/her hands. The jump rope should fall onto the floor just behind his/her heels. Flick his/her wrists so that the jump rope leaps into the air, over the head. Let your child practices flicking the wrists to maneuver the rope without raising the arms into the air a few times before moving on to jumping over the falling rope.
Tell your kid to jump as the rope falls toward the feet. Repeat this a few times, until the your little one seems to get the hang of it, then let him/her jump on his/her own as he/she swings the rope.
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