We have a jumper around here. I haven’t counted, but I would guess he jumps over 200 times per day! He jumps off things, he jumps to get places, and he just stands and jumps. He loves it, and has been working on this skill for quite a while. It seems like it was just a few days ago that he was bending his knees in an attempt to jump, and now he is jumping off everything, literally everything. I can’t take my eye away for a second. Jumping is a pretty amazing motor milestone. It’s fun and exciting to see the different stages of jumping take place.
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Jumping Motor Milestones
It’s important to remember, these milestones are to be used as a guide, and are based off a typically developing child. If your child has a diagnosis or was born prematurely some of these milestones may be later. Each child develops uniquely, and there are times that children may hit a milestone a little later or earlier, with no cause for alarm. This may happen for various reasons. This post is only for educational purposes only and does not replace an examination by a medical professional. If you have any concerns please be sure to contact your physician or therapist.
When kids start to jump in the early stages you may see them bend their legs in an attempt to jump but never leave the ground. Then you may see one foot leave the ground followed by the other before the true two footed jumping occurs. They are awfully cute when they are working on and learning this skill!
- Jumps With Both Feet In The Air
- Can Jump Forward 3 Inches
- Can Jump From The Bottom Step Landing With Both Feet
- Can Jump Over Small Stationary Items
- Forward Jump 26” or Greater – Two Foot Take-off and Landing
- Hops On One Foot 3-5 Times
- Jump and Turn 180 Degrees In The Air
- Begins To Jump Rope
- Can Hop On One Foot 8 Times and Switch To The Other Side and Hop 8 Times
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