Zero 1, 2, 3

  1. Autonomous/Self-access Games
  2. Readiness Games
  3. Recess Games
  4. Rotational Games
  • Any Size

  • Grades 1-2

  • Jump Ropes

  • Less Than 10 minutes

Development Goal

To develop basic jump roping skills, understanding jump rope school rules.

Skills Practiced:  Turning with a partner, entering and exiting the rope and jumping.

Before You Start

  • Review the concept of personal safe space when turning a jump rope.
  • Explain the concept of taking turns in a jumping order and in the different roles.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed and use players to help you.
  • Ask players to explain the concepts and the game back to you.

How to Play

  • Divide everyone into groups of four to ten, depending on the number of available ropes and skill level.
  • Younger players may need smaller groups, older jumpers are challenged by larger groups.
  • Each group gets one rope.
  • The leader assigns two turners in each group and the rest form a line.
  • The two turners begin by turning the rope.
  • One-by-one the players enter and exit the rope.
  • In the first round, the jumpers try to run under the rope without jumping or touching the rope.
  • After each jumper’s attempt or completion, s/he returns to the back of the line.
  • Once the jumpers have complete running through, s/he enters, jumps once and exits on their turn on the jumper’s second turn.
  • After the jumpers have jumped once and exited, they go through and jump twice, then three times, etc on each turn.
  • If a jumper misses on their turn, s/he goes back in line and continues to try the same number of jumps, until s/he successfully jumps and exits.
  • Be sure to rotate those who are turning the rope.


  • For more skillful and advanced jumpers, change from just jumping and exiting to doing tricks while jumping.
  • Examples of tricks are turning around while jumping, touching the ground while jumping, criss-crossing the feet or jumping on one foot.
  • Also called School. Those who run through the rope have figurative completed kindergarten, jumped once have completed first grade, etc.