Physical Therapist

Learning to Jump Rope 

Jumping rope is a great activity for people of all ages.  For school-aged children jumping rope targets many developmental skills, including bilateral coordination, motor planning, strength, hand-eye coordination, and endurance.  It is something incorporated into the Physica Education curriculum and also an easy activity for children to do at home.  You can often find jump ropes for sale at the dollar store, so its cheap activity as well. 

With that being said, jumping rope can also be a real challenge for children.  Following the steps below can help your child to learn the necessary components of this skill.

  • Have the child hold the jump rope handles in each hand with the rope positioned behind their body.
  • Demonstrate how to move the rope to the front of the body and then return to the back.
    • Practice this several times so they get the hang of it!
  • Swing the jump rope to the front keeping it in contact with the ground.
  • Have the child jump over the rope while it is stationary on the ground.
  • Timing is everything!  Have the child practice turning the rope and jumping over it as the rope moves closer to their feet. 
  • Practice, practice, practice! (Source: Inspired Tree House)

Once your child learns how to jump rope there are many games that you can play as a family.  The following link will bring you to a list of games with instructions and videos.  Many require multiple participants so it can be a great activity for the whole family to join!    Jump Rope Games


~ Jamie Fugowski, DPT

Disclaimer:  This website is not a place for therapeutic recommendations or interventions. The ideas presented here are informational and intended to be used only for play with close adult supervision and should not be used for diagnostic or training purposes. If you are concerned about you or a family member starting an exercise program please see your medical provider.

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