Learning to jump


When Rosalie had her 27 month review she got ‘marked down’ because she couldn’t jump forward with two feet off the ground. It’s odd isn’t it? Jumping seems so easy to us as adults, but it’s so funny to watch a toddler who thinks they’re jumping – they bend their knees and throw themselves upwards but their feet never leave the ground.

Towards the end of last year I took Rosalie to the play gym where they have trampolines and she would run on them, sit on them, bounce on them, but she couldn’t jump. Some of her friends of similar ages seemed to be very good at jumping and a few mums said to me things like “oh mine’s only good at jumping because her older siblings have a trampoline”, so I just shrugged it off and assumed like any other development that eventually she would get it.

I didn’t realise she was going to be scored on her ability to jump by the health visitor! I know it’s not a big deal, the health visitor didn’t make an issue of it. But it still bothered me. So since that appointment we’ve been making a conscious effort to encourage her to jump with two feet – getting her to jump over teddy and over-exaggerating two-feet jumping in demonstration.

Perhaps these are all things I should have been doing before?

I don’t know, but all the practice has definitely encouraged her, and we now have a little girl who can get two feet off the ground at the same time!

At the end of April, for our wedding anniversary, we went to Finkley Down Farm, where they have big trampolines for the kids to play on – we waited until the end of the day, when most families had gone home and the trampolines became free of bigger children – and we let Rosalie loose.

trampolines at Finkley Down Farm

She had an absolute whale of a time practicing her two-feet jumping, running and hopping.

Now she’s mastered it there is no stopping her, especially on our bed, which she seems to think is a trampoline…

I really needn’t have fretted; as with all developments, they get there in their own time, and it’s special whenever they master something new, and I’m proud as punch to see my little poppet bouncing around with two feet off the ground.

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  • Reply
    May 27, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Well done Rosalie! It always makes me laugh when health visitors and the like say that all children should or shouldn’t be doing things by a certain age. Kids develop at their own pace and it doesn’t matter what the textbook says.

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      May 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Vickie! I know, the checklists are ridiculous as each child develops in their own time!

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