10 Jump Rope Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My preschooler LOVES jump ropes.  She is not yet able to actually use the jump rope as an actual jump rope, so we improvise to still get in some jump rope fun...it also doesn’t hurt to get all of that extra energy out!  You can purchase a jump rope at the dollar store, so these 10 activities are very budget friendly!

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  1. Lay the jump rope straight on the ground and walk right next to it like you would walk on a balance beam.

  2. Practice jumping over the jump rope with both feet off the ground.

  3. Roll dice (you can get foam dice at the dollar store) and jump that many times.  Since most toddlers and preschoolers don’t know how to actually jump, just have them swing the rope from front to back and jump up and down.

  4. Make shapes with the jump rope. Show your child how to make the shape, and then have your child make the shape by themselves.

  5. Stand away from your child and twirl around with the jump rope. Have your child jump over the rope when it comes in front of them.  Most of you will have to swing the rope extremely slow. This one might take a while to learn.

  6. Practice hopping over the jump rope on one foot.

  7. Lay the jump rope out in a swirl or another crazy shape and have kids follow the path.

  8. Practice jumping backwards over the jump rope on the ground.

  9. Lay the jump rope straight to create a line and bounce a ball back and forth over the line.

  10. Practice turning the jump rope together.

If you don’t have a jump rope for your toddler or preschooler, I highly recommend you buy one.  There are endless possibilities to all the fun you can offer your child with a jump rope!