Want some pure trampoline fun? Having a huge trampoline in your yard can definitely increase your child’s activity level and outdoor time, but did you know that your trampoline can be used for a lot more than just jumping? In fact, we’ve compiled a list of different summer activities you and the entire family can enjoy, with the trampoline as the foundation.
Pro Tip: The size of the trampoline you choose should be based on the size of your family and the age of your children. Most manufacturers offer a wide variety of sizes ranging from twelve feet up to seventeen feet.
Trampoline Water Play
Are your kids total water babies? There’s no better way to stay cool and still enjoy the sunshine then adding a little water to the mix. Use a sprinkler, placing it under the trampoline’s surface and let your kids jump around in their swim gear while wearing plenty of sunscreens, for the perfect summer afternoon.
Exercise caution when using the sprinkler and set it to a fine mist for safety. You can even purchase a trampoline mister, but a regular sprinkler placed on the lowest setting should work fine. Inflatable beach balls have always been a summer water play staple.
Quick Tip: Have your children and some friends lay flat on the trampoline with their heads touching in the center of the jumping surface. They can use their hands to try and keep the ball in the air. This game is even better when you add a sprinkler to the mix.
Your kids probably have a hopper ball or two lying around the house. If you don’t know what a hopper is, they’re large rubber balls with a thick handle on top. A child can sit on one and jump while holding onto the handle. Your kids will love the type of bounce and air they’ll get jumping on the trampoline with one of these balls.
Water bombs anyone? You and your children will love playing a fun game of water bomb toss or tag on the trampoline.
Did you know that the surface of a trampoline can make the perfect canvas for sidewalk chalk? Your kids will love this giant canvas where they can draw, jump and create and moms and dads will love how easy it is to clean, just use a hose to rinse it off.
Many trampoline manufacturers sell compact basketball hoops that attach to the side of a safety enclosure. Whether you’re enjoying a game of H.O.R.S.E. or playing some one-on-one, a basketball hoop can add a whole new level of fun to your trampoline and backyard.
Hopscotch is another classic game that you can play on your trampoline, but with this version, your kids will get some serious bounce action.
Create your very own obstacle course in your backyard. Set the course up so it ends at the trampoline and have your kids jump a specific amount of times in order to finish the race. This is a great way to burn up energy, so they’ll definitely be worn out by the end of the day.
Getting the Fam Fit Together
Pro Tip: Cardio is good for the soul. Some of the same favorite moves you use at the gym can be modified easily for a solid trampoline workout. This can include squats, lunges, jumping jacks, running in place, high knees, or just jogging around the trampoline’s surface.
If you thought kickboxing was fun at the gym, then you’ll absolutely love doing it on a trampoline. Also, for obvious reasons, you should only have one person at a time doing this type of workout.
Yoga can be done pretty much anywhere, so why not on a trampoline? You might not be able to execute every pose, but you’ll definitely have some fun trying.
If you’re an avid runner, then you probably spend quite a bit of timing warming up those muscles before you head out on a run. Why not do some jumping and light calisthenics on a trampoline as your warm-up routine?
Fun Trampoline Activities for Younger Children
Every preschooler has played and absolutely loves duck, duck, goose and it’s the perfect activity for a small group of toddlers. Make sure you have plenty of other parents around to supervise and let your toddlers enjoy this fun, safe, activity on your super jumpy trampoline.
Little kids love rolls, summersaults and other types of basic tumbling, so why not let them use the large trampoline’s surface to get all of the energy out? Plus, the surface of a trampoline will be much more forgiving than the ground.
If you have ever played catch with a toddler, then you know that more time is often spent going after a stray ball than anything else. But when you play catch on a trampoline that has a net safety enclosure, this enclosed space combined with the safe, bouncy surface can be the perfect combination that will help your little one to learn how to successfully catch and toss around a ball.
Singing, musical instrument play, puzzles, matching games, rolling around a large ball, and pillow fights are also fun, safe, activities that your toddler will enjoy.
Family Time on the Trampoline
Turn your trampoline into a fort using blankets or even a play parachute, using just a few elastic ties.
- This is perfect option to add a much-needed shaded space on a sunny day.
- You can also take it a step further and purchase a trampoline tent, for an overnight adventure in the backyard.
- Using an inexpensive projector and a simple white sheet, turn your trampoline into a movie viewing space in the backyard.
- Plan an outdoor movie night for the family, bring a ton of snacks, blankets, and pillows and just enjoy a quiet, fun evening together.
As you can see, when it comes to finding more uses with your large trampoline, the possibilities really are endless. These outdoor structures are a great buy for children of all ages, as long as an adult is always available to supervise.