Under 10 minutes
To develop eye-foot coordination and cooperation.
Before You Start
- Review the need for personal safe space when using a jump rope.
- Explain how to take turns and the different roles need to play Snake.
- Demonstrate the skills needed (running and jumping over.) Use children to help demonstrate and practice these skills.
- Ask the children to explain the concepts and the rules back to you.
How to Play
- This is a very simple and fun way for kids to learn the eye-foot coordination needed to jump rope.
- In small groups of three or more, provide one rope and identify to children to become the first “turners”, everyone else will begin jumping.
- The two turners kneel or sit on the ground and hold the rope to the ground.
- The rope turners’ jobs are to move the rope back and forth first slowly and low to the ground. They will then increasing the speed of the rope as the jumpers improve.
- Jumpers take turns running up to and jumping over the rope—using a two-feet or one-foot jump.
- Jumpers are challenged jump over the rope without touching it.
- The players switch positions when you give a signal.
- If necessary, start the activity with still ropes before adding the challenging of moving ropes.