To do: Have a jumping jack challenge, who can do the most?
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Big space to jump
Try a little healthy competition, or invent group jumping jack time with these ideas:
Count Your Jumps
Are you currently practicing counting with your family? Count jumping jacks to get some indoor exercise and number practice at the same time. Write numbers 1-5 on sticky notes or notecards. Ask your child to pick one at random, then do that number of jumping jacks while counting out loud!
30 Second Countdown
If you like a challenge, start your stopwatch on your phone or look at a clock to judge 30 seconds. Announce, “Go!” and see who can do the most jumping jacks in 30 seconds. Decide ahead of time what constitutes a full jump to avoid any disagreements at the end.
Commercials are for Jumping
A common practice among some families is doing some sort of movement during TV commercials. While watching a program together, jump up and do jumping jacks during every commercial! It’s a good way to get exercise AND enjoy time watching your favorite shows.
Head out the Door
If it’s cold outside, consider doing a few jumping jacks before heading out the door to get to the car or public transport. Heat up your body naturally, by exercising!
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