In today’s world, children are more often than not interested in video games on their smartphones, laptops or consoles, or watching television shows and movies. Apart from being harmful for your child’s eyes, electronics also make little ones lazy. It is important for them to go outdoors and indulge in fun activities by themselves or with their friends. Jump rope can be a really fun pastime for the family or for your kids to spend time with their friends. It has numerous emotional, social and physical benefits. Here are some of the benefits of jump rope and some jump rope chants.
The Benefits of Jump Rope for Kids
Jump rope, otherwise known as skipping, can be an activity for the whole family or for little ones to play together. It is, thus, a great way for your children to improve their motor and social skills. Here are the various benefits of jump rope for kids:
1. Social Skills
Jump rope can be a fantastic ice breaker for your kids to play with their neighbors or other kids at school. It is easy and inexpensive and is fun when played with a lot of people with jump rope rhymes and chants. It is, therefore, a great way for children to improve their social skills.
Jump rope can be played in many different ways as there are no rigid or complex rules. So, your children can make up their own fun activities with the skipping rope. Children can play scissors, heal to toe, criss-cross, foot circles, up and overs and numerous other fun variations of jump rope.
3. Mental Benefits
Research indicates that skipping exercises are good for the brain as they result in the release of endorphins. These endorphins stimulate a sense of relaxation and well-being. Studies show that jumping helps improve reading skills, memory, alertness and coordination.
4. Motor Skills
Jump rope is great for enhancing your child’s balance, coordination, posture, endurance, muscular strength, reflexes and bone density. It can be very useful in improving cardiovascular health.
Collection of Jump Rope Songs & Rhymes for Children
Jump rope can be made super fun with skipping rope songs. Here are some cute jump rope chants and rhymes:
1. Mabel Mabel
Mabel Mabel is a classic jump rope song.
“Mabel, Mabel, set the table.
Do it as fast as you are able.
Don’t forget the SALT, PEPPER, KETCHUP, MUSTARD”
2. Ice Cream Soda
This is an adorable song for playing jump rope.
“Ice cream soda
with a cherry on top
What are the initials
of your sweetheart?
Capital R N”
The Cinderella jump rope song involves counting and can be challenging if the kids keep increasing the numbers by multiples of two or three.
Dressed in yellow
To play her cello
How many minutes
Did she take?”
4. Skipping Feet
This song is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells and is easy and fun to learn.
“Skipping feet, skipping feet,
Skipping feet all day.
Oh what fun it is to skip,
The whole day away. Hey!”
5. Happy Day
Happy day is sung to the tune of the Happy birthday song.
“Happy day to you!
Happy day to you!
Happy day, dear (child’s name).
Happy day to you!”
6. Jump a Rope
Jump a rope is super easy as it is sung to the same tune as Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
“Jump, jump, jump a rope,
Merrily in the spring.
Hop, hop on each foot,
As fast as you can sing.”
7. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
The teddy bear jump rope song is one of the most famous skipping songs for kids as they can mimic the actions while playing.
“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight!”
8. Fuzzy Wuzzy
This song is also great for improving your child’s speech abilities as it is like a tongue twister.
“Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear.
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy, was he?”
9. Down the Mississippi
This classic jump rope rhyme is challenging and fun.
“M-I crooked letter
Crooked letter I
Crooked letter I
Humpback humpback I
10. Texaco Mexico
This is another state-inspired rhyme and is accompanied with actions.
Went over the hill
Where far away
And they do some splits, splits, splits
And they turn around round round
And they touch the ground, ground, ground
And they do some kicks, kicks, kicks
And they pay their taxes, taxes, taxes
And they get outta town, town, town
And they jump back in, in, in
And that’s the end, end, end.”
Jump rope can be a great way for your children to get some exercise and spend some quality time with their family or friends. It can even be played indoors and it’s very beneficial for your child’s development.