A trampoline can bring hours of fun and exericse without you even needing to leave the house. And you can liven things up with these trampoline game ideas.
Please bear in mind when you are playing these games that trampolines are designed to be used by one person bouncing at a time.
Poison Balls One person is jumping on the trampoline, and another keeps time with a stop watch. Put two or three balloons. The player needs to bounce for as long as possible before they get touched by one of the poison balls.
Simon Says A variation of Simon says, where this time the object of the game is to get the person on the trampoline to fall over. One player stands in the garden, and the other is on the trampoline. The player on firm ground demonstartes moves that the person on the trampoline has to copy. Count how many moves the person on the trampoline was able to complete before falling over, before the players switch over. The person on the trampoline should only attempt a a move once the person standing in the garden has successfully completed it.
Sequences This is a great game to play with your child to help them develop their sequential memory. You stand in front of the trampoline and perform a movement, such as a jumping jack, then your child copies. Next you perform the first movement and add a second, and your child copies these two. Continue building on the sequence and see how many movements you can both string together.
Bouncing Multiplication Ask your child to count their bounces in their head, then shout out when they hit a bounce that is on the 2, 5 or 10 times table. You can choose whichever times tables they are currently learning. To make it easier you could count out loud for them, and just have them shout out when they hit the multiple. You can make it more difficult by each of you taking a different times table so you will both be shouting about.
Bouncing Alphabet / Counting For younger children you can encourage them to count up in ones on each bounce, or say each letter of the alphabet. For older childen try counting up in multiples, e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8. Multi-Tasking Play catch with your child while they bounce, or ask them to throw a small ball from one hand to another. By asking their brain to manage two tasks at the same time, they are learning to improve their brain processing power, almost like upgrading a computer.
Bubble Bounce Blow bubbles above the trampoline (this works best if you or another child can sit on a climbing frame), and the child on trampoline needs to bounce as high as possible to pop the bubbles. Bouncing Twister Did you know you can use chalk on a trampoline mat? Test on a small area of the trampoline first, then check it washes off. Use chalks to draw different coloured shapes. Then instruct your child with a sequence of spots they need to bounce between.