Unplugged Play: Jump Rope


I mentioned last week that over the Fourth of July holiday we spent a few days at my parents’ place in rural northern Indiana.

It was wonderful to spend some time with my folks.  I think one of my favorite perks of parenting is getting to see my parents as grandparents.  In some ways, it gives me a chance to get to know them in a new light.  It is such a cool thing to see my parents and my kids enjoy each other’s company.

One of the highlights of our trip was that my kids learned how to jump rope under Grandpa’s careful tutelage.  Who knew that, not only was my Dad a fantastic jump roper as a kid, but that he is such a good jump rope coach?


You’ll forgive my blurry pictures, right?  My camera skills are no match for my happy, hyper, hoppers!

Unplugged play is important to me for many reasons, and last week one of those reasons was for the connection it can provide across generations.  My folks might not understand today’s movies or computer games or ipods, but jump rope speaks a universal language:  play.



This time was also special to me because when I was growing up my Dad didn’t have a lot of time to spend with us. He worked very hard, long hours that mainly depended on seasonal work (so no leisurely Summer afternoons of jump roping) and now that he is retired and can spend time with my kids? It is several kinds of wonderful.

So, my unplugged play idea for you this week is to grab a jump rope and get hopping!


Speaking of Summer fun, there is a Mid-Summer Sale on the At-Home Summer Nature Camp eCurriculumYou can get $5 Off through Sunday 7/14 with the discount code: NATURE  This ecurriculum provides 8 weeks of backyard Summer fun that you can customize to fit your family’s schedule.

I’m honored to be a contributor as well as an affiliate for this camp.  My kids and I have been enjoying participating and I think some new family tradition have been born.  Solar Oven S’mores, anyone?

Looking for more Unplugged Play ideas?  Visit the Simple Kids Unplugged Play Index here.


About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. Nice shared..
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  2. jessica says:

    Love jump rope. In elementary school we had a team called the Heart Hoppers…such good exercise.
    And we love Northern Indiana. We live in North Webster, not quite in the middle of nowhere, but pretty close.

  3. Kara, I love jumprope – it’s been a favorite around here – both solo and double.
    It’s especially great b/c it’s so cheap, so portable and so open to creativity.
    How neat that this allowed your dad to share something with your children – you’ve got some fast hoppers!
    Sarah @ Fit Family Together´s latest post: The Watermelon Advantage

    • Thanks, Sarah :-) We’re working on jumping a little lighter and quicker, and not making every jump a SUPER jump, ha ha! The kids are getting up to a dozen or so jumps in a row and it really is good fun as well as a workout.

      And, yes, I love that my Dad is a jump rope guy (who knew?) and gets to pass that on to my kids. Very special stuff, right there.


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