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Monkey Jumping

Jumping helps toddlers learn a great deal about what their bodies can and cannot do.

Time

  • 10 to 15 minutes

Materials

  • Large piece of foam or old mattress

Directions

Toddlers love to jump, an activity that helps them learn a great deal about what their bodies can and cannot do. A jumping pad or mattress provides a safe place to jump, fall, roll, tumble, and practice emerging moving skills while having a playful time burning off energy.

Extensions

  • Have your toddler jump into your arms as you stand close to the side.
  • Have your toddler jump while holding a favorite doll or stuffed animal.
  • Add some pillows on the center of the mattress.

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Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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