During my time in the classroom I have always enjoyed teaching my classes how to skip. The British Heart Foundation has a great resource for schools called Jump Rope For Heart. Over the years I have purchased many different types of skipping rope. One style is a rope covered with plastic segments. Having the plastic segments over the rope increases the skipping rope’s weight which adds to the skipping workout. The beads also make rhythmic jumping easy as the plastic segments make a noise when they hit the floor.
When I rediscovered this skipping rope over the weekend my immediate thought was that it would be a great resource for the garden – but not as a skipping rope. The plastic segments move easily along the rope which could be used as a counting string for the garden.
Adam currently loves counting. Anything and everything that he passes has to be counted. A counting string would make a perfect garden addition.
I cut the rope so it was a little shorter and removed some of the plastic segments so there were 40 left. I screwed two screws into the garden fence and attached the skipping rope. With very little effort Adam had his own garden fence counting string.
Even when I was fixing it to the fence Adam was attempting to move the plastic segments. Without showing him he started to count the individual segments and move them along the rope.
He started at the left hand side until all the plastic segments were across and then started again from the right hand side.
It wasn’t long until Adam was using both hands to move the plastic. He would count up to ten and then start at one again.
A great outdoor garden activity which promotes fine motor skill, gross motor skills and mathematical development all at once! Already it is a big hit with Adam. He will be counting to 40 in no time!
* A beaded skipping rope
* Two screws and a screw driver
Adam was 2 years and 1 month old.