Today’s fun family activity is to practise some skipping rhymes and songs! Skipping is wonderful exercise and also helps to develop balance, coordination and rhythm. There are lots of traditional skipping rhymes which some of us adults may still remember from our own childhood and your children will love it if you can share some with them!
For this activity you just need a long skipping rope or piece of nylon rope, and plenty of room! Two people should turn the rope with one person as the jumper in the centre – if you only have two people then you could tie the other end of the rope to something secure.
Swing the rope over the jumper’s head in a wide, circular motion. Each time the rope touches the ground they should try to jump over it. Keep rotating the rope in a steady rhythm. As the jumper gets more confident you can turn the rope more quickly to encourage them to jump faster! Once you have gotten the hang of it, try to jump in time to some skipping rhymes and songs. Many have actions to do whilst you jump, like this old favourite:
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy, bear, that will do.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy, bear, say goodnight!
Go to https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/media/5254/skipping-rhymes-booklet.pdf for a handy booklet of skipping rhymes to download. If you know any more, please do share them with us via the school website or twitter page.