- Easier - Children
have been playing rope games for hundreds of years.
The most popular game with rope is jumping. For
beginning jumpers, the rope should be long enough
to reach from the floor to your armpits, when the
rope is folded in half. Start out slowly, jumping
thirty hops, just clearing the rope, and adding a
minute to the routine each week.
- Harder - Rope
games for children are found in the classroom, on
the playground, and their homes. Some young ranch
kids learn to rope at an early age. Older youth and
adults may physically compete on a 'rope challenge
course,' use ropes in the sports of climbing and
rappelling, or use rope apparatus in team-building
- Jump roping is a unique part of our cultural
heritage. Historically it was first a game
primarily for boys. Males usually did not use
rhymes. Instead they spent their time on trick
jumps: crossovers, double jumping, and peppers.
Migration of Americans from farms to towns and
cities led to girls taking over this unique pastime
of jump roping. One theory for this is that girls
now had more time to play than they had back on the
farm, and more friends to play with. On smooth city
streets they put together dozens of games and
hundreds of rhymes that make up modern jump rope
- Here you will find instructions and
information about freestyle jump roping, a great
way to get and stay fit.
Rope Skills from the National Heart Foundation
- These four basic jump rope activities are
from the 'Jump Rope for Heart' program.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Jump Rope For Heart Skills at the
American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org/Health/Lifestyle/Youth/jumprope/skills.html
- 3) More Skills http://www.heartfoundation.com.au/school/jump/skills1.html
- Skipping games are part of most cultures and
that they probably started when children first
discovered turning and jumping a long reed or
soft, thin branch from a willow tree. With a
long rope try these skipping games.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Chinese Jump Rope http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/other_games/chinese_jump_rope.htm
- 3) Jump Rope Games and Activities http://www.valdosta.edu/~dmtupper/games.html
- 4) Jump Rope Games http://www.jumpingforjoy.org/games.html
- 5) Jump Rope Splash http://family.go.com/Categories/Activities/Features/family_1998_06/famf/famf68games/famf68games6.html
- This site promoting rope skipping includes a
history of rope skipping, weird and awesome
records, 'One Jump Ahead' (Canada's online
newsletter), links and more.
- Another Canadian Site:
- 2) Canadian Skipping Association Inc.
- Visit several of the rope game
websites, then select and complete one or
more of these activities:
- Learn Some Rope Tricks.
Magician's often use ropes and strings in
their performances, and have for about as
long as rope has been around. Learn a few
tricks at Rope
Tricks from Back Stage Magic.
- Create Rope Safety Guidelines.
Playing with rope can be hazardous;
injuries such as abrasions and rope burns
can occur if someone is not careful. Put
together your own guidelines for playing
safely with rope. Is there an age level
where children should be supervised? At
what age could children play
- Form A Jump Rope Team. Around
the world, kids are involved in rope
jumping teams. Get together with
interested and friends to form your own
rope-jumping group. Setup and follow a
practice schedule. Learn new techniques
and improve your skills. You may want to
seek out an adult to help lead and
organize your team.
- Try Creating A Rope Game.
Create a new rope game. Try it out with
friends. Evaluate your new game. Decide if
it needs to be revised?
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Into a Healthy Life (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
- This site teaches kids how to do some of the
basic, intermediate and advanced jump rope
tricks that Jump Rope Demonstration teams do in
- More Jumping Sites
We Played as Children: Jump Rope Games
- One version of a jump rope game played with
rubber bands connected together to make a long
rope is played in many countries, including
China, Colombia, and Indonesia.
Asked Questions About Rope
- This site provides a lot of technical
information regarding ropes.
- This site has a few jump rope songs.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) Jump Rope Rhymes http://corpcomm.net/~gnieboer/jumprope.htm
- 3) Jump Rope Rhymes http://www.gameskidsplay.net/jump_rope_ryhmes/index.htm
- 4) Jump Rope Rhymes http://family.go.com/Categories/Activities/Features/family_0401_01/dony/donyout_old/donyout151.html
- 5) Jump Rope Rhymes http://www.aacs.wnyric.org/rhymes.html
- 6) Jump Rope Rhymes http://www.wegmans.com/kids/riley/jump.html
- U.S. Amateur
Jump Rope Federation
- Jump rope enthusiasts of all interests will
find valuable information and resources
- Instruction Section:
- 2) New Skill & Topic http://www.usajrf.org/skill-topic.htm
Rope 2000 Handbook (Amateur Athletic Union)
- Here is the official handbook for jump rope
- Websites for Teachers
Rope Squares by Darcy Morger-Grovenstein
(AskERIC Lesson Plan, Grade 5 to Adult)
- This lesson emphasizes group cohesion and
communication skills as well as problem solving
- These lessons are designed to focus on some
components of jumping rope.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Jump Rope Bingo by John Williams (Grade
- 3) Jump Rope Fundamentals by John Williams
(Grade K-5) http://schools.eastnet.ecu.edu/pitt/ayden/PE-LP77.HTM
- 4) Jump Rope Stations by John Williams
(Grade K-up) http://schools.eastnet.ecu.edu/pitt/ayden/PE-LP99.HTML
the Ropes (Requires adult supervision)
- These are intriguing and fun problem solving
tasks that require total team involvement to
accomplish the goal.
- Related Website:
- 2) Project Adventure at Foothills Middle
Is Jump Rope for Heart? at the American Heart
- Jump Rope for Heart is an educational
fundraising event. It's held each year in
elementary schools by the American Heart
Association (AHA) and the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
(AAHPERD). Jump Rope For Heart raises funds for
medical research and for programs that help
prevent heart disease and stroke.
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