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Activity Documentation: Get Active & Jump! DIY Hurdles

If you’re looking for a fun activity that will help your children burn off all of that extra energy, I have the perfect activity for you! And even better, it can be played inside or outside. I was surprised by how much my girls loved jumping over things, and I was even more surprised by how good they were at it! This will undoubtedly be added to our list of fun activities! 

Each of them picked two items to use as “hurdles.” Letting them pick the items helped build their excitement before the activity even started.

I honestly wasn’t even sure they would be able to jump over some of the bigger items, but boy did they prove me wrong!

After doing this activity for 5-10 minutes my 5-year-old asked if we could do it while making funny faces, which only added to the entertainment and fun! We spent the next 10-15 minutes taking turns doing the “hurdles” in the silliest ways we could.

There’s nothing better than watching your kids have fun! After each run through, they cheered for each other and did their own victory dances! What a fun activity! We got the wiggles out, learned a new skill, and had a blast while doing it!

Hurdles: Jump over things

Idea Box

Age of child(ren)
3 & 5 

Length of time spent on activity (approx.)
20 minutes

Materials needed/chosen
They each picked two items to use - a water gun, bubbles, ball, and toy car.

Any prep-work? If so, what?
No prep work required.

Directions / What we did
We decided to do this activity outside so that they had more room to run and jump. I asked them to each pick out two items that they could jump over. Once they had their things picked out, we took the items outside and placed them in a line, leaving a few feet in between the items.

Possible ways to expand on the activity
Partway through the activity my 5-year-old asked if we could do the "hurdles" in a silly way. They had a blast acting silly and wild while doing the hurdles! This is one fun way to expand on the activity. You could also try doing the "hurdles" backwards. Have your child step over the items while walking backwards, making sure you show them how to look over their shoulder so that they can see where they are going.

What would you do differently next time? 
Next time I would encourage them to pick out a few larger items. They were able to jump higher than I thought they would!

What my child was able to do by themselves
My children were able to pick out items and set them up in a line all by themselves.

What my child needed help with
My children needed me to show them how to jump over larger items in a hurdling/leaping manner, rather than jumping off of the ground with both feet at the same time (like a frog). But once I showed them how to leap over the items, they were able to jump over all of the "hurdles" on their own.

My child's thoughts about the activity
They loved this activity! Both of them kept screaming "this is so much fun!" We actually ended up going outside a few hours later to do it again!

Any other thoughts or info about the activity? 
I think I loved this activity just as much as they did! They begged me to get in line and do it too, and I'm so glad they asked me to play! I'm just frustrated that I didn't think of this activity myself - ha!

Sarah is a full time chef, maid, nurse, and entertainer to the three coolest little girls, who all happen to be under the age of 5. It might not be glamorous, but it’s truly her dream job. She's also married to her best friend, Matt, who is likely the most helpful and loving husband in the world…sorry ladies. Sarah has a love for writing, photography, crafts, sarcasm, and Mexican food. In her spare time she likes to…who is she kidding? She has NO spare time. Someday she'll enjoy traveling the world with her husband, but for now they will cherish their family game nights and their weekly date nights.

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