This is a continuation from the previous blog about intermediate jumpers (The Bunny Hop - Intermediate).
A child who is an advanced jumper has mastered the art of lifting up off of the ground. You’ll notice that he can jump without thinking. It is great to continue to provide new skills to continue to challenge and grow their ability. Below is a list of skills to practice next:
*Jumping feet apart and together (jumping jack style)
*Twisting jump (end up facing the opposite direction)
If you layout the same 5 ropes mentioned in the previous posts, you can create a game to practice these jumping variations. It can be helpful for you to model the activity first. Jump over each rope with a different type of jump (i.e. 1. Forward Jump 2. Twisting jump to one side 3. Twisting jump to the other side, 4. Sideways jump 5. Backwards jump). Say the name of the type of jump that you are doing, as you are doing it, so that the order becomes clear. Repeat the order aloud a few times so that your child becomes familiar with it and then ask him to try. You can help him to remember the order by saying it out loud as he jumps, or, if you think he can remember them all, let him do it all by himself. This activity stretches both mind and body- the added benefit of introducing the memorizing challenge is to take focus away from the jumping. These variations of jumps can be very challenging at first, so taking the focus off of how perfect each jump is in order to create a successful environment. Next, ask your child to create an order for you to try and/or invent his own types of jumps (superman, bunny hop etc.).