Fun Trampoline Games For Kids
Vegging out is fine for a few days, but as a parent, you want that your kids kept busy, fit and healthy during the holidays. One thing that I loved doing when I was a kid was trampolining, and it’s just as big today as it was back then.
There are loads of fun games to play on the trampoline, and the great thing is that once your kids have discovered their trampoline-legs, they can move on to more difficult techniques. All this while keeping active and healthy.
If you haven’t thought of getting a trampoline before, the time to invest in one is now. Bounce the idea off your kids and see their faces light up. No more “Mom, I’m bored. What can I do?”
- 1 What Fun Trampoline Games Can Your Kids Enjoy?
- 2 Cool Trampoline Tricks to Impress
- 3 Trampolines are Portable
- 4 Cool Trampoline Facts
- 5 Trampoline Safety
What Fun Trampoline Games Can Your Kids Enjoy?
Trampolining isn’t just about jumping up and down. Indoor and outdoor trampoline games can be enjoyed by one person or a few together. The number of jumping on a trampoline games your kids can enjoy are endless; it just takes imagination (and kids have plenty of that).
And here’s the thing:
There are trampolines for toddlers’ right through to adults, so your kids are never too big or too small. Also, because trampolining is a low impact, high aerobic activity it will improve your children’s balance, coordination and agility. So buying a trampoline for your kids is an all-around good move, and if you have enough space in your garden, you can get a really big trampoline so that you can enjoy fun family games with your kids too.
6 Ways for Toddlers to Enjoy Trampolining
Your toddler must be supervised, and best put on trampolines specially designed for tiny people. Toddler trampolines are set low off the ground and have a handrail to steady little jumpers. There are great starter games that toddlers can play while they improve their balance.
Try these 6 games for starters:
- Catch: what a better way to teach hand coordination and balance at the same time. If the trampoline has a safety net around it, the net will prevent your toddler from chasing after the ball and encourage your tot to focus on catching the ball instead.
- Follow your leader: if you have only one or a few little people on the trampoline, follow your leader is a classic. From the outside, you can be the leader guiding them around the trampoline with different actions. Little children will love it!
- Dancing: play any happy music and encourage your toddler to dance. This is great for developing balance. You can add to the fun by telling your tot to sit down when the music is turned off, and jump up and dance again when it is turned on – just like musical chairs. Or, how about the hokey-pokey? “You put your right foot in; you take your right foot out …”
- Tumbling: a trampoline is an excellent and safe medium to teach your little tot basic tumbling like somersaults because of the flexibility of the surface.
- Parachute: is an excellent game for little people. You will need two or three tots to get this right. Get each of them to hold the corner of a light sheet of material and to raise their arms at the same time, lifting the sheet above and over their heads. As they are lifting their arms, they can all call “up, up, up”. Then they must lower their arms calling “down, down, down”. And then you call “under, under, under” and they must let go and scramble to the center of the trampoline and sit down as the sheet falls onto of them.
- Poisoned toy: put some soft toys on the trampoline set reasonably apart, and get your tot to jump around without touching any of the toys. If you have more than one weeny on the trampoline you can turn it into a game where the last man standing is the winner. This is a great game for concentration and balance.
- The great thing about toddlers is that they are curious and inventive, so it won’t be long before your tot has come up with some imaginative games too.
And what about Ball Fanatics?
Trampolines + balls + kids = endless fun! If your kids love balls, there are great ways that they can play trampoline ball games. It’s best to have a safety net around the trampoline to prevent any injury, and a net will keep the ball in play.
There are loads of games with a ball and trampoline that kids of all ages can play. Check these 5 out:
- Dodgeball: jumpers must be on the trampoline jumping when a ball is thrown between them; a big softball works best. Each jumper has five lives, and they must avoid catching, touching or being touched by the ball in play. Every time the ball touches a jumper that person loses one of their five lives. The last man standing is the winner.
- Play ball: this works best with a lighter ball. Everyone jumps around on the outside of the trampoline while trying to keep the ball in the center and stop it from falling off.
- Hot Potato: this is a fun trampoline game for 3 people or more. One jumper jumps in the center of the trampoline while the rest around the outside. The player in the center throws the ball at the other jumpers, and they must avoid being touched by the ball. If the ball touches a jumper, they are out and the last man standing is the winner.
- Basketball: basketballers are always looking for extra height, and that’s just what a trampoline gives. Put a hoop next to the trampoline and let your kids enjoy different trampoline basketball games. You can also buy basketball hoops that fit inside trampoline nets.
Trampoline Basketball For Kids:
Trampoline Basketball For Adults:
- Volleyball: height is just as important to volleyball players, so a trampoline and volleyball are a perfect match. You can use a regular volleyball net, or use a net made for trampolines. Your kids will have a ball playing trampoline volleyball games.
The adult version of trampoline volleyball:
Cool Trampoline Tricks to Impress
Trampoline tricks are a great way to build body strength. Because a trampoline surface is flexible, it reduces impact making trampoline tricks safer than on a hard surface. Tricks are a trampoline game for one person. Kids will invent their own trampoline tricks anyway, but here are some great ideas.
Easy trampoline tricks for beginners
It’s always best to start out with the basics and build confidence slowly.
- Spinning: this sounds easy, but it’s easier said than done. The jumper must try to turn around mid-air on each jump. This is excellent for concentration and focus. The idea is to get a 360° turn, and then more. Each full turn counts as one, and active kids can easily reach two or three full turns per jump once they have the hang of it.
- Seat jump: the idea is to land on your butt and then spring back to your feet without stopping. The jumper jumps up and down a few times, gradually gaining momentum. They then bring their legs forward and out in front of them, and they will land on their butt in a sitting position. The momentum of their body and the trampoline will immediately bounce them back up again, and they extend their legs back into a standing position. Active kids can do this trick over and over again without breaking their stride.
- Knee drop: is similar to the seat jump, but instead of bringing the legs forward, the jumper draws their knees up mid-air into a kneeling position so that they land on their knees. Again the momentum of their body and the trampoline will immediately bounce them back up again, and they extend their legs back into a standing position.
Easy trampoline tricks to do as confidence grows
- Double bounce: this is a trampoline game for 2 people or more, and the idea is to gain extra height that you could not get if you are jumping on your own. The jumpers must be fairly equal in size and weight because a smaller child could get hurt. Jumpers begin by jump up and down to gain momentum. Jumps then get timed so that they are seconds apart. As one jumper lands, the next takes off. Once they have gained rhythm and momentum, the trampoline will begin to propel them higher and higher into the air.
Here is an unsafe attempt at the game. Please make sure to have the net up when you or your kids play.
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- Front and back drop: the idea is for the jumper to fall flat onto their back or front, and end up on their feet again. This seems easy enough, but it requires mental focus. Humans have a fear of falling, so this trick allows the jumper to build confidence in their own ability to control the fall.
As you can see, there are games to play on a trampoline for one person, two people, three people and more. Adapt games and moves to suit you. Remember, there are trampoline tricks for beginners and advanced jumpers. Make sure to not try and do too much too soon. Watch this great video to see how trampoline tricks are done properly!
Gymnastics trampoline games are great fun for confident and advanced jumpers because there is quite a lot of skill and physical strength involved.
- Mid-air star jump: the idea is to perfect a star jump mid-air and then bring the legs back together in time to land firmly on the trampoline. Most active kids can perfect this quite quickly. The next move is to bring the legs up in front of you and the arms down to touch the toes, mid-air and still land firmly on feet together. This build mental focus and physical strength.
- Trampoline flipping games: front, back and side flips are tricky and can take time to master. The aim is to flip in a direction and land back on your feet. Gaining enough momentum is very important before attempting a flip. Once the jumper has gained momentum, they must tuck their legs in and move their head in the direction that they want to flip. So if you want to play backflip games on a trampoline, you bend your head backward. If executed well, the jumper will land back on their feet.
Trampolines are Portable
Trampolines are not just for home because you can buy lightweight mini or maxi portable trampolines that you can take along on holiday or if you are enjoying a day out at the beach or park. Your kids will love it!
Just like at home, trampoline park games and trampoline beach games for kids are just as much fun. The list of fun games is endless, from trampoline dunk games to basketball, volleyball and now bossaball (a game that has taken off in a big way) and spikeball (a new game with a ball and mini trampoline). Combine a trampoline, ball, beach, games, and kids and you have super great times. The same goes for trampoline park games!
And trampolining is not just about bouncing around. There are really cool trampoline games online that can keep your kids busy too! From trampoline stunt games to flipping and gymnastics. Most trampoline games are unblocked, so if your kids are bored or need a mental break, they can enjoy their favorite trampoline video games.
Cool Trampoline Facts
Seeing as you kids will be getting into trampolining in a big way, why not share some cool trampoline facts with them so that they can impress their friends with their knowledge?
Here are 10 trampoline facts:
- The first trampoline was built by American gymnast George Nissen in his garage in 1936
- The first trampolining world championships were held in London, England in 1964
- The first men’s trampolining world champion was American, Dan Millman
- The first women’s trampolining world champion was American, Judy Wills Cline
- Trampolining is an Olympic sport; the first time athletes competed on the trampoline in an Olympic area was at the 2000 Olympic games in Sidney, Australia
- Top trampolining athletes can bounce up to 33 feet into the air
- If your kids are interested in trampolining as a competitive sport, they should start regular training from 9 to 12 years of age to develop to peak performance as adults
- In competitions, athletes are marked on the style and difficulty of their routine
- Trampolining competitions consist of both individual and team events
- Apart from being a competitive sport, trampolining is recommended for all athletes to build stamina and fitness, and also for people who want to keep fit while having fun
Here is a great source for 50 more trampoline facts.
As a parent you are probably a bit concerned about your kid’s safety on a trampoline, and not without reason. Kids can get hurt on trampolines, but a lot of prevention is also common sense. Children must be guided and supervised to make sure that they don’t do silly things and end up getting hurt. And a lot of common sense is up to you too!
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Buy a good quality trampoline; don’t skimp on the dollars at the expense of your kid’s safety!
- Don’t place the trampoline near trees, poles, fences, etc.; kids are not naturally safety conscious.
- Buy a good quality safety net; especially if your kids are still small.
- Buy safety pads to cover steel frames, springs, and hooks; these are potential safety hazards.
- Always check the trampoline mat carefully for any objects or moisture before your kids use the trampoline; don’t leave it up to them.
- Make sure that your kids are wearing appropriate clothing before bouncing on the trampoline; remove drawstrings, jewelry or anything else that can get caught up on someone or something.
- Monitor the number of jumpers on the trampoline at any one time; kids won’t think of this.
- Small children should not be allowed on big trampolines with bigger children; older kids are stronger and will unintentionally hurt smaller children.
- Teach your kids to stick to the center of the trampoline; they won’t instinctively know that.
- Read these rules to your kids and teach them about trampoline safety; if you don’t how will they know?
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