River bank jump
Pretend play; playing with the sounds of language
Chalk or small ropes
Vigorous play (building strong bones and muscles); developing movement skills (body and spatial awareness, jumping, leaping)
How to Play
- With chalk or ropes, mark two lines to make a river; wide at one end, narrow at the other. Encourage each child to choose the width he or she feels comfortable jumping.
- Invite the children to jump in and out and over the river. Call out: “on the bank”; “in the river”; or “across the river.”
- For children with mobility difficulty invite them to cross the lines using their preferred mobility strategy.
- Some children have difficulty imagining a river. You can make the river more real by using something different from the floor as the river (e.g. a towel on the carpet).
Excerpt from the HOP Early Learning Practitioners Resource (Decoda Literacy Solutions)