Jumping uses large muscles and builds on their walking, running and climbing skills.

Why do it?

  • Growing children enjoy being physically active. 
  • Using large muscles helps to strengthen them.
  • Children’s confidence increases as more motor skills are learned.
  • Physical activity relieves stress, especially if the activity involves large muscles and big movements.
  • It’s fun.

How to do it

  • You can help your child by getting them to begin learning to jump from something low, such as the bottom step.
  • Try to understand what it’s like for a little person to push up and off the ground and to briefly be in the air before landing. It takes co-ordination and some courage.
  • Help them by holding their hands, and giving them a bit of a lift as they jump.
  • Use words to help with their timing, ‘One, two, three, JUMP!’
  • Find other places to jump, such as over cracks in the footpath, lines on a netball court, a little puddle or some seaweed on the sand at the beach.
  • Draw some chalk ‘lily pads’ on a path and play frog jumping from one ‘lily pad’ to another.
  • Follow your child’s lead as to how much they want to try and when it’s time to stop holding their hands.


Using more te reo Māori

Ka reri koe? Are you ready?
Mākū koe e āwhina I will help you
Homai tō ringaringa Give me your hand
E peke, e te tau Jump my darling
Peke ki runga Jump up
Peke ki raro Jump down
Tahi, rua, toru peke One two three jump
Pekea ki tua o te tōhihi Jump over the puddle
Pekea ki tua o te tāwha Jump over the crack/line
Hūpekepeke Jump up and down
Me pēnei he poraka Like a frog
Me pēnei he kangarū Like a kangaroo
Koina! Yes that's it!
Whakapakari tinana Workout/exercise
Tūpeketia To jump or leap
Turitike High knees
Kia tere tonu tō haere Go as fast as you can
Hikituri Knee lift
Tūoma Running on the spot
Kia āta haere Go slow
Irā! Look at that!
Karawhiua! Give it heaps!
Kei te ngenge au I'm worn out/tired
Ka nui tēnā That's enough
Kua pau tāku hau! I've run out of oomph!