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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.
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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