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Skipping is good physical exercise for children, girls and boys. Don't forget that boxers and other sports professionals use skipping to stay fit. Skipping games are also a great social activity - one that can fill many hours during the summer months. With a regular skipping rope try:
1) Learning lots of new basic steps like this girl called Jumping Jordyn on Youtube. (The sound is quite bad, but you can watch it mute).
2) Skipping with two friends swinging the rope. Once you have mastered the jumping in and out, play "Back to back" like these girls. A fun challenge for summer is to jump holding a plastic cup of water, and see how much is left in the cup after you've jumped a few times!
Another type of skipping is French skipping, sometimes known as Chinese skipping. It uses a long piece of elastic that is made into a loop. If you can't buy a skipping loop, make one using about 3 metres of elastic sewn together. You can loop the elastic around chair legs, or around the legs of two friends. These girls show you how to play "England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales". And watch this boy play the same game.
For the words of "Back to back" and "England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales", click on the PDF top right.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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