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Jump rope games and challenges

Individual games

Individual jumping challenges

Supplies

Single person jump rope

5 minute family jump rope challenge

Directions

Challenge by choice. Use the challenge below or create your own!

  • Jogging step for 30 seconds
  • Rest for 30 Seconds
  • Single bounce for 60 seconds
  • Rest for 30 Seconds
  • Double bounce for 45 seconds
  • Rest for 30 seconds​
  • Feet Jack (feet together feet apart) 30 seconds​
  • Rest for 30 Seconds
  • Skier for 45 seconds​
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Group games

Jumping games for several people

Supplies

Long rope

Red light, green light

Directions

  • One person is chosen to be the traffic light.
  • Traffic light stands a good distance from the other players with their back to the players.
  • The traffic light calls out an action for the round.
    • Wide steps
    • Bounce like a kangaroo
    • Tiny tip toes
    • Jump like a frog
    • Skip
    • Hop like a bunny
  • The traffic light calls out green light and the players move forward according to the action.
  • When the traffic light calls red light, the players must immediately freeze.
  • Anyone caught moving must go back to the start line.
  • The game continues until the one player reaches the traffic light.
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Elastic Jump Rope

Supplies

long elastic cord or rope tied into a loop (even elastic bands tied together)

Directions

Two players stand within opposite ends of the rope facing each other. Start with the rope around the ankles.

Legs should be spread about shoulder width apart so the rope is kept off the ground at ankle height. The rope should form a long slim rectangle.

Common jumping moves:

  • Out - jump so both feet land outside the rope
  • In - jump so both feet land inside the rope
  • Side - jump so one foot land inside and one foot lands outside
  • On - jump so both feet land on top of the rope.

The MISSIPPI song and moves:

  • M is in - feet inside the rope
  • I is out - feet outside the rope
  • S is side one foot inside, the other foot outside
  • P is on - feet land on the rope
Mississippi jumping instructions


To play sing M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I while the jumper makes the correct moves for each letter.

When the jumper has successfully completed those moves, the rope is moved to the calves, then knees, and higher until they miss.

When a person misses, they switch places with one of the people holding the rope.

Jump rope songs

Try these jump rope songs

Have a favourite skipping song? Share it with your family!

Teddy bear, teddy bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around (skipper turns around)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground (skipper touches the ground)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, tie your shoe (skipper taps their shoe)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, how old are you? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7… (continue counting out loud. Jump out when age is called)

Apples, peaches, pears and plums

Apples, peaches, pears and plums
Jump out when your birthday comes
Is it January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December? (jumps out when birthday month called)

California oranges

California oranges, 50 cents a pack
California oranges, tap me on the back! (A second jumper comes in and tags the first, who leaves, then repeat the song)


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