The Pumpkin Patch: A Jumping Activity for Young Dancers



Fall is in the air here in New England and with October right around the corner, it's time to get in the Halloween spirit. What's a better place to start than a trip to the Pumpkin Patch!


Here's how it works:


Before class print out 15- 20 images of pumpkins (more or less depending on the size of your studio). You can also use poly-spots or anything you have at your studio to pretend to be pumpkins. And don't worry- kids won't actually be touching the props so it's completely COVID safe!


When it comes time to do the activity, make a path with the pumpkins from one side of the room to the other. This can be a straight line, a zig-zag, or any pattern you desire. The more twists and turns you include the more exciting this activity becomes!


One at the time, the students will start at the beginning of the path and jump over each pumpkin. Younger students (2-3-year-olds) can practice stepping over each pumpkin until they are strong enough to jump, while your older students (5-7-year-olds) can practice soubresauts, hopping on one foot, or echappes.


Optionally, you can add a surprise to the end of your pumpkin patch, such as a mini-trampoline or bubbles to pop.


Your students will love jumping over the pumpkins and it's a great way to practice and build their strength!


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