Stuck inside with kids who desperately need to burn off energy? Yep, me too. We saw the long, cold winter ahead and bought our kids a mini trampoline for Christmas. It was the Bear’s big present and it has been a LIFESAVER. We were at my parents’ house for the holidays with 5 kids 5 and under, and we got our money’s worth that first week. The trampoline is super fun and helps the kids to be active indoors. The only issue we’ve run in to is that sometimes just plain jumping gets a little old. I’ve compiled a great list of fun activities to do on a mini trampoline (or on the ground if you don’t have one). Our mini trampoline has a support bar, which I’ve found is really helpful for kids under 5. If you want one for your kids, find great deals on mini trampolines here.
We like to call these our trampoline challenges. The Bear LOVES a challenge. I’ll ask him if he’s ready for a trampoline challenge and then tell him one of the ideas below. It gets him moving and he has a blast. Many of the ideas can be adapted for jumping on the floor as well. Kids should always jump with supervision.
Mini Trampoline Challenges:
- Jump as BIG as you can while I count to 50 (or you child does if they can)
- Jump front to back
- Jump side to side
- Run in place on the trampoline
- Jump on one leg
- Switch to the other leg
- Jump on and off
- Jump off on to a couch cushion
- Knees up jumping
- Count as you bounce
- Bounce for each letter as you say the alphabet
- Add the trampoline to your Indoor Obstacle Course
- Bounce a ball off the trampoline (endless fun at our house)
- Turn on music and dance as you jump
- Jump as crazy as you can
- Challenge your sibling to see who can jump the longest
- Bounce your stuffed animals (place a stuffed friend on the trampoline as you jump – hilarious to my kids)
Have so much fun jumping and being silly with your kids. I hope your mini trampoline (or floor) provides you with as much entertainment as our’s has. Find our other ideas for indoor play here and preschool activities here. Check out these other fabulous active indoor play ideas from my fellow Kid Blogger Network bloggers below.
Active Indoor Play Ideas:
Active Indoor Game – Land, Sea, and Air from What Do We Do All Day? Blog
Balloons! 10 Easy Indoor Active Ideas from Betsy’s Photography
Family Game Night: Build a Letter from Growing Book by Book
LEGO Rockets Math Activity from Creekside Learning
Reading Readiness Games from Sight and Sound Reading
Bean Bag Toss from The Gingerbread House
Igloo Building from Study at Home Mama
Run and Find Syllables from This Reading Mama
Great ideas! Now I just need to get a trampoline. 🙂
So fun! We played on a mini trampoline today at a friend’s house. It really helped to get some energy out of their little bodies.
Hi, thank you for this list of Trampoline Challenges. I will try with my kids
Wow! Great fun challenges ,I have a 6 year old son and of course will try with him these amazing activities. I think this will be great fun.
Trampoline is a great way to keep the kids busy while you get some stuff done at home.
Love all these games!! Great ideas for kids and adults! Especailly during this pandemic. thank you for sharing this, can’t wait to try some 🙂