A classic childhood activity that often incorporates song and rhyme to keep the necessary rhythm is jumping rope. Jumping rope gets kids moving during playtime and helps children practice keeping the cadence of a song or rhyme by saying them along to the movement of the rope. Jump ropes are a great tool that not only encourage a healthy, active lifestyle, but help children translate learned skills from playtime to playing instruments/singing songs as they grow up! They also help children develop hand, eye, and feet coordination, as well as learn new gross motor patterns that boost cognitive function. Remember - children learn best when they're having fun and they're usually having fun when they're moving! We've compiled a few classic and modern jump rope rhymes for families to use this Summer while getting outside, getting active, and staying musical! Check out the YouTube link below to hear what a jump rope song usually sounds like.
Start with Down in the Valley as it begins with the rope being swung along the ground back and forth rather than overhead. Great for first time and/or younger rope jumpers!
Down in the valley
One of the most well-known and popular jump rope songs is Cinderella. It is wonderful for practicing counting too! For an extra challenge or older kids have them count by twos, threes, fives, or tens.
Cinderella, dressed in yellow
For extra movements and adding creativity to jumping rope, try Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear!
“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Work on alphabet skills with A, B, C and Vegetable Soup!
A, B, C and vegetable goop.
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum is a well-known go to. Encourage silliness and vocalization with the descriptive words in this rhyme.
Bubble gum, bubble gum, chew and blow,
Learn the months of the year and/or review their order with Windy Windy Weather.
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