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Why do it?
- Jumping activities help a child build confidence, improve co-ordination and strengthen large muscle skills.
- It’s an opportunity to practise jumping and stepping and maybe even a little leaping.
- The child can help design the path of steps. This lets them take the lead, promoting their problem-solving skills and self-expression.
- Activities like this contribute to a child’s overall health and well-being.
How to do it
- It’s best to play outside as stepping stones on indoor flooring can be too slippery.
- A stepping stones path can easily be drawn on concrete using chalk.
- Start by drawing oval shape steps which are big enough for two feet, which can be jumped in with one or two feet.
- Your child can help decide where the path should go and when to have steps, leaps and jumps.
- They can decorate the stepping stones with chalk.
- Later you can extend the challenge by reducing the size of the stepping stones or increasing the distance between them so that a leap might be required.
- Stones could be different shapes, for example a square, circle, triangle, heart and they can also vary in size.
- Play this together, both trying the path. If possible, let the child be the leader. Only go first if you need to show them how to use it.
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