Jumping with Jack Be Nimble Nursery Rhyme Gross Motor Activity

I don’t know about you, but my kids are tired of being stuck inside. Especially since, for us, being inside is limited to less than 200 sq. feet. Yesterday, they had a lot of energy that needed to be used because they were using it for all the wrong things. (aka…not a good day). The #PlayfulPreschool is doing nursery rhymes this week, so I thought jumping over some ‘candlesticks’ would make for a good nursery rhyme gross motor activity. Shiloh thought so too!

nursery rhyme gross motor activity

As far as activities go this one is incredibly easy to prep. From printing to the start of the jumping fun took all of two minutes.

(You can get the candlestick download at the end of this post.)

Because of Shiloh’s developmental delays, she does not jump yet. She does love to think that she knows how though. This is a big reason why I chose to use printable candles instead of real ones. Most preschoolers would be able to jump over some short candles though if you wanted to use real ones.

I just wouldn’t light them….lol!

At first when I told her to jump, she thought that she would act like a ballerina. So instead of jumping, she started spinning with her hands up in the air. Totally cute, but not quite what we were looking for.

Since I can’t jump & take pictures at the same time, I enlisted the help of my 7 year old. She went around the candles with Shiloh saying ‘jump’ as she went over each one.

Shiloh quickly caught on, but her favorite candles were the ones in the center, so she kept “leaping” over the same ones while Jaida went around her.

preschooler jumping

Even though she didn’t jump (which was not an expectation for her), she enjoyed getting up and moving with her older sister and she got to hear a new nursery rhyme.

To extend this activity with kids of a higher skill level you could have them race to see how fast they can jump over all the candlesticks. After the nursery rhyme says,

“Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick,

Jack jumped over the candlestick.”

You can also talk about opposites like fast & slow or nimble & clumsy.

jack be nimble nursery rhyme gross motor brain break printable
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  1. Definitely a good way to get the kiddos moving! I can see so many extensions of this activity for different ages and needs, too. 🙂

  2. Your comments about avoiding lighting the candles (if used) cracked me up. Yes, that would be a disaster waiting to happen. The cute free printables you are providing make it so easy to ‘jump right in’ and play this game. In some ways it is more challenging because the paper is wider than an actual candle.

  3. What a great way to get kids moving and learning! We usually play a game similar to this outside (with the sprinkler) This is a great winter indoor version! LOL