We don’t have lots of space living in an apartment and I know many people are having the same difficulty when it comes to available space and activities that will help their kids to burn that extra energy. And it especially can be a problem during long autumn and winter days when it’s cold and windy outside.
Today’s activity is created with small spaces and big energy burning in mind! It’s really a combination of jumping school and tic-tac-toe game. Read on to get all the details and, at the bottom of this post, you can find the link which will take you to 25 additional indoor activities for kids!
Jump and play!
We used to set up this game everything we already had at home:
- painters tape (left over from last wall painting)
- a piece of bubble wrap (from recycle bin)
- marker (just to add word “start”)
- bean bag – we didn’t have any so we “faked” it by using one fuzzy sock, filling it with beans and securing the top with a knot.
Use painter’s tape to make 2″X”signs on the floor (as you can see from the pictures, we did this in small hallway), leave place in between two X’s for O. We made O using bubble wrap cut in circle shape and secured also with painter’s tape. Now, add one line where you’ll write word START and you’re good to go!
This is how XO HOP game is played:
- stand at START line
- throw the bean bag trying to get it to hit “O” sign
- jump through the “X” and “O”, turn on the last field and pick the bag at the way back
For older kids, you can turn it into a contest where when they hit “O” they get a point and the first one to collect 10 points is a winner.
Girls enjoyed hopping on “O” the most because it made popping sound each time they would jump on bubble wrap! Fun!
Can you think of another way to play with XO HOP grid?
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This post is part of the Gross Motor Activities from A to Z hosted by Still Playing School.
You can see all the other posts in this series by clicking here.
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.