How can you help a toddler learn to jump
September 4, 2014 11:53 AM Subscribe
Our son, who recently turned three, doesn't know how to jump. When my wife and I ran through a review of his skills and abilities at this point as part of his general check-up, he scored well with or above on all tests, except gross motor skills, namely jumping. How can we help him learn this skill?
posted by filthy light thief to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
First, we have an evaluation scheduled for the near future, so we'll get some professional feedback and guidance soon, but I was wondering if there was anything we could do with him at home.
We've showed him how we jump, and held his hands as he has "jumped" off low objects on to carpeted floor, or "jumped" on the bed, but it's really just me or my wife asking our son to jump, while we give him the lift to get off his feet. And when he "jumps" into the pool into our arms, he mostly leans forward and falls, with his legs bent.
He did have a couple tumbles when he was learning to walk, so he was really cautious and a bit delayed in confidentially walking by himself, but now he runs around with glee and abandon. He's a pretty smart kid, and we love to play physical games with him, but it seems something isn't clicking.
Looking online has been tricky, as I see a lot of physical activities and games that involve jumping, assuming your child is already able to jump. Kiddo can walk on his tip-toes, and can squat down and then stand back up, but hasn't yet connected all those pieces to jump up. Any ideas for games and activities to help him put it all together? Thanks!