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Toddlers are already a handful before they begin running around but once they can walk they are boundless sources of energy!Can your toddler hop on one leg yet? Learn about what it takes for your little preschooler to achieve this task and how you can help him!
Does your kid hop on just one leg? If yes, then you can say that your preschooler has good motor performance. Hopping on one leg is one of the important developmental skills that help your toddler develop good balance and ensure safe body management. Also, it is one of the parameters to gauge your preschooler’s motor performance. So, let’s have a look at all important information about your kid’s ability to hop on one leg.
What Does Hopping on One Leg Involve?
Hopping is a continuous rhythmic skill which involves balancing your body while you take off and land on the same foot again and again. Hopping on one leg is a good indicator that your preschooler is able to maintain dynamic balance. Your child needs to have appropriate leg strength to lift up his body using one leg and land on the same leg.
When Can Your Child Hop On One Foot?
Your kid can develop motor skills and balance to hop on one foot between three to five years gradually. However, at the age of five, your child can hop on his one foot quickly and easily.
What Are Hopping on One Leg Learning Cues?
As your kid grows, you can see him trying new activities related to hopping on one leg. Some of the hopping on one leg learning cues you can notice in your kids involve:
- Balancing body on one leg.
- Seeking support of wall or cupboard to prevent falling while your kid balances his body on one leg.
- Swinging both arms backwards and tries to take off on one leg in the forward direction.
- Using toes to push while launching himself into a hop.
- Landing on the toes and then the ball of foot.
- Bending the knees in order to absorb the shock while landing.
What Are Benefits of Hopping on One Foot?
Hopping on one foot is beneficial to your child in many ways. Some of the benefits of hopping on one leg include:
- Age appropriate physical and motor development.
- Development of advanced sense of balance.
- Effective co-ordination between your kid’s brain and muscles.
- Development of good body control.
How Can You Help Your Child to Hop on One Leg?
Your child may not start hopping on one foot on his own, but you can encourage him to hop on one leg by guiding him properly. Here we list some steps that can help you guide your kid to hop on one leg.
- First, show your child how to stand on one leg. Call this leg ‘ supportive leg’. You stand on one leg and let your kid follow it.
- Explain to your kid what the ball of his foot is and show him how to push off on the ball of the supportive foot while taking off.
- Tell your kid to keep his eyes focused in front of him and keep his head stable throughout the jump.
- Bend the arms and swing forward while taking off.
- The non-supportive leg should be bent, and it should swing in rhythm as your kid hops on one leg.
- Supportive leg should bend at the knees while landing to ensure a soft landing.
How Can You Help Your Child Master Hopping on One Leg?
Once your child learns the technique of hopping on one leg, you can guide him to master it by:
- Hop on one leg in one place using the right foot for five times and then left foot five times too.
- Hop on one leg in a straight line.
- Hop on one leg forward and then hop backwards.
- Hop on one leg quickly and then slowly.