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Explore different ways to hop and jump from one place to another.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Painters tape

Bouncy ball


Learning Outcomes


Physical & Emotional


Physical Health, Growth, Gross Motor Development, Curiosity, Initiative, and Risk-Taking


Children will explore different ways to hop and jump to get from one place to another.


Step 1:

Using painter's tape, create an “x” every foot or so, or for older children, create fun patterns like a zig-zag.  Place pillows along the way on the painter's tape.

Have children hop or jump from each part of the painter's tape to the next. They can use one foot, two feet, etc. 

Step 2:  

Vary the game by playing “The floor is lava,” a popular game where children can’t have their feet leave the pillows along the way. 

Step 3:

Encourage students to change the way they are traveling by switching feet, going backwards, etc. 

Step 4:

Discuss with the children what was easy and what was difficult.

Activity Author

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Dianna McGregor + Stephanie-Rachel Gomes| Early Childhood Educators

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