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Jumps [3]

Short description

Jumping exercises for balance and coordination


Motor skillsBalance & Coordination

Group size



Skipping rope


15 minutes



The aim of this exercise is to improve

  • the balance

  • of coordination

  • of attention

The sequences of jumps not only require coordination skills, but also require a lot of attention.


A jump rope is laid on the ground and pulled taut. The children now jump back and forth over the rope to the end. Each child should make about 10 jumps. Each condition is briefly demonstrated and then each child is allowed to try it.

  1. Just jump left and right over the string with both feet

  2. Jump backwards over the rope with both feet

  3. always jump 2x left on the left leg and then 2x right on the right leg

  4. 2x left, 2x right, and then 1x hop in a circle with both feet


  1. Color-coded jumping: colored pylons or other colored objects are laid out in a row. Depending on the color you have to jump, e.g. red for the left leg, green for the right leg, blue for both legs.

  2. Place the jump rope in a circle, then hop around the outside clockwise on the left leg only, then hop the other way around on the right leg.

  3. Arbitrarily complex sequences can be invented for experts.

Especially the combination of jumps with colors requires a lot of concentration and promotes focus and working memory.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness

Processes of perception


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