Play has many benefits for children. Not only is it fun, but assists with socialization, builds physical strength, confidence and communication skills. Play can be as much about learning as the classroom is, if not more.
For a family, integrated play, consciously built into the lives of your household’s recreation is particularly important.
The old saying that the family that plays together, stays together may be never as important as in today’s modern, busy world.
So let’s have a look at a few games everyone can enjoy.
The thing that makes trampoline games so much fun it that many are caught out with the way that this unsuspecting piece of equipment renders you helpless, and entirely at its mercy.
If trampolines could talk, they would be chuckling wholeheartedly.
Draw a hop scotch outline on your trampoline in chalk. This game may seem simple and a bit basic, but once you start you will realize it’s not as easy as you first thought.
It’s quite a challenge and much harder to accomplish than a regular pavement game of hopscotch.
Careful, you may find it addictive.
Some of the simplest things are the most fun.
Have one player sit in the middle of the trampoline holding their legs up to their chest in a tucked position. They are now a vulnerable popcorn.
The other players do their best by bouncing around to “pop” the popcorn, making the player in the middle release their tight grip and “pop”.
Four or more players are required to be jumping at all times. A soft ball is thrown between all players. It must be caught and not dropped. If it is dropped, not caught or the player stops jumping at any time they are out. Keep playing until one player is left bouncing.
Easier said than done.
This game is stealth based, and asks for hearing and other sensory skills to be used.
One player sits in the middle with their eyes closed. Other players spread out and try to remain quiet.
The center person counts to ten and they can get up, still with their eyes closed. They then try to locate the other players.
If the center person shouts “Marco”, the other players must say “Polo”. This allows the seeker a hint on where another player may be. Once a player is found, they then become the center person to sit count to ten with their eyes closed, and try their hand at locating another.
At least four players make it interesting, for this game.
No peeking allowed.
Put some balls into the center of the trampoline. Players pretend the balls are poison and therefore must not be touched or that player “dies”.
Players bounce around avoiding the balls, and hopefully each other in this game of surprising vigor. The last, still healthy player wins.
You may want to cover your ears from the screaming.
Of course there are many more games to incorporate into your fun times. Why not make up your own?
Games can also be water or strategy based, all with the added unknown of the trampoline and its wicked ways.
Kids need playtime, certainly, but so do you. Take the time out to enjoy your trampoline just as much as they do.
Yes, we live in a time-draining, energy sapping world at times, but promoting play within your own family will see you build bonds that cannot be replaced.
Give these games a try, and don’t forget the best place for all your trampoline needs and advice is a call away.
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You and your family will never look back.