Tightrope Walking

What You Need:

  • Long jump rope or strip of masking tape

What You Do:

  1. Place the rope or masking tape in a straight line on the floor or ground.
  2. Invite your child to pretend she’s walking the tightrope like an acrobat in the circus.
  3. Once she’s comfortable walking in a forward direction, invite her to walk sideways in both directions and, finally, backward.

Eventually you can ask your child to try different locomotor skills. You can either assign them – such as tiptoeing, galloping, and hopping – or add a problem-solving element to the activity. For example, challenge your child to find three different ways to move across the tightrope in a forward direction. This is a great experience in problem solving!

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