Welcome to today's blog on teaching your kids how to perform a star jump. This is an excellent motor skill that kids aged 2 and up. It's a great way to get them started on developing their coordination and balance. In this blog, we will go through the step-by-step process of teaching your child how to perform a star jump.
Step 1: Start with the soldier position. Have your child stand with their feet together, hands by their side. This is a great starting position as it allows them to feel grounded and secure. (We often use this to gain the children's attention in our childcare and kindergarten programs).
Step 2: Encourage them to jump up in the air and move their legs and arms out wide. This is the Star position. This is an important step as it helps them to learn how to control their movements and balance whilst they are in the air.
Step 3: Land with wide arms and wide legs. Once they've jumped up, they should land with their arms and legs spread wide. Landing in this position is the most important step of the STAR JUMP
Step 4: Back to the soldier position. After landing, have your child jump back into the soldier position with their feet together and hands by their side. This will help them to get ready for the next jump.
Step 5: Repeat the process. Encourage your child to repeat the process, jumping from the soldier position to the star position, and then back to the soldier position. Having the kids repeat the process will help improve the bodies cognitive response to this movement (This just means the next time we do this motor skill, it will seem easier as the body remembers the movement pattern)
In conclusion, teaching your child how to perform a star jump is a fun and easy way to develop their motor skills, coordination, and balance. Make sure to break down the movements into simple and easy steps, and repeat the process several times until your child is comfortable with the movements. Happy jumping!