For boys and girls jump rope is a wonderful outdoor activity with many life long benefits. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to do for all ages, but it also meets the very important developmental and exercise needs in a fun activity. Invest $5-6 in a rope with the rollers (the beads) found in the exercise department; the play/kid ones don’t work as well, and he may get frustrated. We have an adult exercise rope that we adjust for the boys.
Our technology age has kept many kids on the couch for too many hours a day. They are not exercising enough; they are out of shape and many children are overweight. Parents may not understand the benefits and necessity of their kids learning how to jump and skip, but what they think may be just for fun turns out to be a very brain rich, complex developmental activity.
Skipping requires the use of the left and the right hemispheres of the brain. Jump rope combines the skills of timing and rhythm as the child coordinates the distance, direction, speed and position of the rope. Here are a few more benefits:
It requires perseverance.
It requires concentration.
It increases balance.
It increases coordination.
It’s good for posture.
It builds confidence.
It improves cardio health.
It is also very fun, and can be done to music or singing, alone or in a group.
Your child can also keep track of his consecutive jumps (without messing up) and chart his progress as he times his jump sessions. This is harder than you think, and he will feel accomplished when he gets the hang of it. Don’t let him give up too soon. It will take practice, but it is worth it.
The next time your child has energy to burn, hand him the jump rope and open the door!