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!|
|Tūpeketia||To jump or leap|
|Kia tere tonu tō haere||Go as fast as you can|
|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!|