How to Develop Your Child’s JUMPING SKILLS to Support VESTIBULAR INPUT, Attention and Focus Motor Skills

Toys to Help Your Child Learn how to Jump

This article provides helpful jumping toys to improve your child’s proprioception and gross motor development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.

Jumping may not seem like an important developmental milestone for children, but it’s one of the activities children need for better gross motor strength, proprioception, motor planning, balance and core muscle. Without this development, your child’s lower levels of the brain (cerebellum) used for balance, coordination, attention and rhythm could become underdeveloped, which could lead to delays in learning, sensory-seeking behavior, or attention and focus issues in the classroom.

Typically, children will begin with little hops a few months after they begin walking. Eventually, they will develop more strength and balance as they jump off furniture, hop on one foot, and jump down stairs. As your child begins to jump (around the age of 1 ½ or 2), the joints, muscles and ligaments in their knees, ankles and feet will become stronger for better proprioception.

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Signs of Jumping Skills

As your child begins jumping, you will see a series of preparatory movements before they refine their development skills. They may begin rocking forward, stepping sideways, squatting to get in the ready position, shifting their weight and alternate their legs when hopping. All of these movements are good signs your child’s muscle strength is getting ready for full-sized jumps.

Jumping Delays

Every child is different in how and when they develop. However, if you continue to notice delays with jumping and other gross motor activities, you may start to see some of the following signs:

  • Drags one side of their body or can’t use the weaker side to initiate movement.
  • Prepares to jump by squatting, but can’t get their feet off the floor (weak muscles).
  • Falls, trips, is uncoordinated and can’t keep their balance.
  • Experiences vertigo when trying to jump or resists activities that encourage the movement.

Jumping Toys for Better Development

If your child shows resistance to activities that require jumping, you may need to strengthen their muscles and joints. The best method is to ease your child into these types of activities and use fun jumping toys to make it fun and enjoyable. We find that many of our students are more willing and able to do activities when a toy or object is introduced and included with each exercise. Here are some of our favorites to encourage jumping in your house or center.

Tiny Trampoline


Pogo Jumper

Jumping Tube Gym

Jump Rope

Horse Hopper

Air Pogo

Twist Jump Ropes



Step-N-Stones

Gonge Riverstones

Step-A-Logs


Fitness Dice

Hopscotch Carpet


Jump Hoops

Jumpstart Trampoline

Jumping Footprints 

Sports Cones

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