50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline for kids and adults

50+ fun activities to do on a trampolineSponsored postLooking for our boredom buster guide to all things trampoline fun? You’re in the right place! Print out the 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline to try them all, or pin it on Pinterest so you can reference it over and over again. 

In my opinion, there’s really only one ingredient you need to make your backyard the coolest one in the neighborhood: a trampoline. The ageless appeal of a trampoline beckons like no other, and kids {and adults} of all ages and abilities can bounce for hours. Don’t believe me? Check out the fun in our backyard with our beloved JumpSport Elite Trampoline we reviewed a few years ago. trampoline hair in air 50+ fun activities to do on a trampolineAs a parent, there are a few things I am adamant about, the first of which is that I will teach my kids that getting outside and staying active can be fun. Or, make that really, really fun. What better way to teach them that getting moving can be fun than with the coolest way to exercise ever? Between fits of giggles, we play all sorts of creative games, get out excess energy, and bond in a way I never thought possible.

Trampoline girls in matching dresses 50+ fun activities to do on a trampolineAnd, I’m not just talking kids, I’m talking whole extended family – aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and even grandparents. To hear grown adults laugh and play like children has been awesomely fun and I just keep wondering why we didn’t buy a trampoline sooner.

But, not only is jumping on a trampoline a fun way to play around as a family, it’s also low impact, high aerobic exercise that improves balance, agility, and coordination. In the first few weeks we had our trampoline, we awoken long forgotten muscles, and in the months and years we’ve been bouncing I feel like we’re in better shape overall.

By far the biggest improvement we saw right away was in our kids’ balance and coordination. Seeing their first tentative steps on the trampoline change to running and bouncing with confidence was amazing to watch, but what’s great is how it has translated to a better climbing, running, and jumping off the trampoline as well over the time we’ve owned the trampoline. 6a0105362badb1970b0163058a950c970d-800wi

With how much good comes of using the trampoline, I have made it a point to keep the trampoline as fresh and exciting as possible. I figure by giving them fun ideas every few days, it allows them to get out energy, work on coordination and balance, and continue to best utilize the trampoline well after the initial newness wears off.

50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

I’ve compiled a list of 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline that we have tried and loved in the past few years for your enjoyment below. I have included some all-time favorites, some new games we made up, and some ideas that are really fun to try as a family. 

Fun activities for the whole family

Just add water –

Put a sprinkler either under the surface of the trampoline or off to one side and let the kids jump in their bathing suits and sunscreen and enjoy a hot summer day. I also like to rig a hose right into the enclosure and let the kids spray it as they want. Are you looking for a finer mist as you jump? JumpSport makes a great trampoline mister that connects to the JumpSport safety enclosure and keeps you 25 degrees cooler while jumping, which is perfect for hot summer days. Just be sure to exercise caution as the jumping surface can get slippery when wet.

Trampoline water fun 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Inflatable beach ball –

Have the entire family lay on the trampoline with their heads together in the center and try and keep the ball in the air using their hands and legs.  Count how many times you are able to toss the ball up before you lose control of it and try and go for an all-time high record.

Hopper ball –

Pick up a fun hopper ball with a handle for the kids at any sports store or toy retailer and let the kids hop across the trampoline {one at a time for this one}.

Jump rope snake –

Have one person stand outside the trampoline and move a jump rope back and forth over the surface of the trampoline in an “s” formation.  Then one child tries to jump over the rope {aka “snake”} without getting “bit”.  If they touch it, the children switch places.

Dance party –

Just add music via a Bluetooth speaker and you have everything you need for a rockin’ good time. Pro tip: use a waterproof speaker in case the kids leave it out overnight. 

Jumping on Trampoline 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Water bombs –

One of our favorite summer day activities is changing into swimwear and then playing catch with water toys that soak up water, like Water Bombs. Add that fun to your trampoline and it’s hours and hours of soaking fun.

Picasso unleashed –

Did you know you can write on the jumping surface of your trampoline with sidewalk chalk? It’s true! Think of it like a giant canvas and see what you can create as a family! Once you start jumping the chalk will come off slowly or it will disappear completely with a slight rain.

drawing on trampoline 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Chinese jump rope –

Lay Chinese jump ropes {stretchy elastic jump ropes} across the trampoline surface and chose one person as your player.  Have one player at a time step in, out, side, side, in, out, side, side in a pattern and chant the steps in order as the player jumps.  You can also have someone randomly call out a series that the player must follow.

Velcro Tag –

Using soft Velcro balls and Velcro vests with targets makes for a great game of tag.  You can pick up cheap sets at any sporting goods store, or you can make your own with old sweaters and Velcro balls.

Trampoline Cleaning 2 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Cleaning for fun –

When is cleaning up as much fun as playing? When cleaning involves a hose, a brush, and a whole lot of water on a super fun trampoline. Each spring, I dress the kids in swimsuits, make up a bucket of soapy water, hand them a soft scrubbing brush {we use a car wash brush} and then let them use the hose. The result is a nice, clean trampoline and a whole lot of fun!

Basketball –

Did you know that JumpSport also sells an amazing trampoline basketball hoop that hooks to the side of the safety enclosure? Whether you are playing one-on-one, playing H.O.R.S.E. or a game of Around The World, a basketball hoop adds another dimension of fun to your backyard and your trampoline. We reviewed the JumpSport basketball hoop and loved it. You can read our review here.

Jumpsport basketball hoop 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Hopscotch –

Using sidewalk chalk, draw a hopscotch board on the trampoline surface and take turns jumping across. It’s even more fun than the original, and it leads to all sorts of creative additions to the game – like jumping backwards or spin jumping. 

Twister –

No Twister board? No problem! Draw your own game board on the trampoline surface using sidewalk chalk and use the original game spinner or you can try out the newer Twister Hoopla version of the game that utilize Twister “hoops”.

Obstacle course –

Set up a course in your yard that ends at the trampoline and have them jump a specified number of bounces or bounce for a length of time to finish, spin bounce, or do knee-ups  This makes sure they are good and worn out at the end.

Crack the Egg –

Have one person sit in the center of the trampoline holding their knees to their chest with both arms.  Other children jump around the “egg” gently and try to get the person to let go of their legs.

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Simon says –

Just like regular Simon Says, but with extra bounce.

Memory –

Everyone sits around the perimeter of the trampoline along the pad and one person does a “trick” in the center of the jumping surface.  The second person then does the first person’s trick and adds one of their own and this continues with each child doing the tricks before them and then adding their own.  If someone forgets a trick or gets them out of order, they are out and the game continues until one child is left.

Ball in the center –

Position a lightweight {think beach ball or small air-filled} ball in the center of the jumping surface and draw a chalk circle around it. Jump around the trampoline, trying to keep the ball as close to center circle as possible.

Ball on trampoline 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Learning while moving –

If you have a child who learns better when they are away from a desk, a trampoline is a great place to burn off energy while learning new things. You can write the answers in chalk on the trampoline and then have your child jump to the answer they think is correct, or you can do simple letter and number games with little kids.

Science everything –

We all know that learning about science while doing helps you retain what you’ve learned, but trampolines make that about a thousand times more fun. Teach the principles of gravity, weights, friction and static electricity while laughing and getting some great exercise.

Trampoline hair up 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

For even more games, check out JumpSport’s website to buy their JumpSport Trampoline game pack that contains many of the items needed for our favorite activities, as well as a whole book of ideas you can try at home.  you can also buy tons of trampoline accessories direct from JumpSport as well.

For adults take your workout outside

There are all sorts of JumpSport YouTube videos that show great ways to use their trampolines to get a good workout simply by playing and having a great time. While you can get a workout simply by jumping on a trampoline for even 15 minutes, here are some suggestions on ways you can get a great aerobic workout on your trampoline.

Low impact cardio –

Some of your favorite moves at the gym can easily be modified for the trampoline including jumping jacks, burpees, lunges, high knees, squats, running in place or simply jogging around the perimeter of the jumping surface.

Kickboxing –

Think kickboxing is fun at the gym? Try it out on your trampoline at home for even more fun and higher jumps. For obvious reasons, this should only be done solo.

Yoga –

Why not try some of your favorite yoga moves on the soft {and forgiving} surface of a trampoline? You may not be able to do all the poses, but you can certainly do some and have fun trying!

Cross country skiing –

Shift your feet forwards and backwards, alternating feet as if you are trekking through the snow

Downhill skiing –

With feet together, jump side to side as if racing down a mountain.Trampoline exercises

Back to basics –

Sit-ups on a trampoline are much easier on the back, and burpees are easier with a little spring in the step. Whether you are doing a modified crunch, full sit-up, or you are doing jumping jacks,the trampoline surface is a nice place to work out in comfort.

Warm ups –

If you are training for a run, you probably spend a good deal of time warming up your muscles before taking off. Why not do some bouncing and then your calisthenics on the soft surface of a trampoline before your run?

Twist and jump –

Whether you are simply bouncing to face right and then bouncing back to face left or you are doing a full 360 degree spin in the air, this is a great exercise as it works your core, too.

Feet pulse –

Keeping your hips and upper body steady, push your feet up and down in the middle of the trampoline without having them leave the jumping surface.  Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds, and a great leg workout!

Challenge yourself –

Find out how long you can bounce in one stretch or see how many more workout moves you can come up with. Almost any exercise can be modified for a trampoline, it just takes a little creativity! For more ideas, check out the JumpSport YouTube Channel or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for inspiration for getting fit on a trampoline.

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Fun for Preschoolers

Trampolines are such great exercise for little ones and perfect for those just learning how to tumble, jump, and run. The trampoline adds a little bit of bounce to any potential falls and the net safely contains them so they don’t run off. This should be a given, but please exercise caution with little ones on the trampoline and make sure you are stationed at the net entrance to keep them inside, and make sure only one kid is bouncing at any given time.

Follow the leader –

Choose one child as the leader and everyone else has to copy what they do. Your little ones will be waving their arms, clapping their hands, spinning, skipping, crawling, and dancing along with your leader.

Duck, Duck, GOOSE! –

This is a toddler favorite that is good for a small group. Make sure there are plenty of parents sitting in the jumping surface to supervise and only let the toddlers do the running.

Super Heroes –

Everyone knows super heroes can fly, so what better way to play pretend than on a surface that can really feel like flying? Make or buy capes that Velcro on to the shoulders {make sure they do not wrap around the neck for safety reasons} and get ready to save the day.

Trampoline tumbling 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Tumbling –

Trampolines are a great place to teach basic tumbling like somersaults and cartwheels because the surface is so forgiving.

Ring around the Rosie –

The kiddos love this anywhere, but I love the soft surface of the trampoline even better than hard surfaces.

Play catch –

Anyone who has ever played catch with a toddler knows that more time is spent chasing the ball than is spent actually learning. An enclosed trampoline surface is a great, contained space to teach your little one to catch and throw since the ball naturally rolls back to you.

Secondhand scarves –

Dancing with trailing silk scarves is a favorite activity of my kids, but when you add the fun of the trampoline bounce, scarf play is even more fun.

Stir the soup –

The kiddos sit in the center, each declared a vegetable or soup ingredient, and one person runs slowly around the outside of the jumping surface, picking up speed so eventually the “ingredients” bounce as if they are at a rolling “boil”. This is one my daughter made up and we love that it’s easy and quick to play.

Trampoline net peeking 50+ fun activities to do on a trampolineFor relaxing outside

Trampolines aren’t just for jumping, they are also a great surface for laying, hanging out, and for snuggling. Here’s our favorite anti-jump trampoline activities:

Add a roof – 

A simple play parachute becomes an awesome ready-made roof with a few simple elastic ties. See our DIY trampoline parachute roof here.

Trampoline playhouse 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Backyard campout –

JumpSport sells a great trampoline tent that can make your trampoline a sleepover haven, a daytime fort, or an enclosed bounce house. Check out how much my kiddos loves the AlleyOOP Outback tent we added to our trampoline just recently. How incredibly cool is that?AlleyOOP trampoline tent 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Movie night –

Using an inexpensive projector and a white sheet or curtain or simply a large laptop, plan an outdoor movie night for the whole family. Bring out lots of blankets, pillows, and snacks and lay back and watch a favorite family movie under the stars.

Family Bonding Trampoline

Larger-than-life hammock –

What could be better than an oversized hammock built for the whole family? Whether you are relaxing after a fun day of jumping or you are reading books together, a trampoline is an incredibly comfortable place to lay to unwind.

Star gazing – 

I can’t think of a better place to lay back and watch the night sky than the soft and snuggly trampoline surface. Add blankets, spill-proof cocoa, and even a telescope and you’re all set for the next meteor shower.

On trampoline 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

Cloud shapes –

During the day, the trampoline is the perfect place to lay back and pick out cloud shapes with your little one.  You’d be surprised at how early they can play this game and how fun it is to watch their imaginations blossom.

Enjoy your WiFi –

Have internet service that doesn’t require cables? Make the most of it by taking your netbook, laptop, or tablet outside and making an ultra comfy “office” for a day.

Family band –

The surface of the trampoline is the perfect place to get a drum beat going. Add in a singer, a guitar, or a kid’s band set and you’re ready to perform.

Gazebo –

We lost our gazebo this year during a huge snow fall and decided to replace it with the JumpSport Elite Trampoline instead. For our summertime backyard events, we are planning on throwing outdoor pillows onto the jumping surface, putting up our parachute “roof” over the top of the trampoline enclosure, and then adding colorful curtains tied back at the sides to create a private place for the adults to sit around the perimeter of the trampoline to talk.

Trampoline net 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline

A note about safety:

As much fun as trampolines are, these 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline aren’t any fun if someone gets hurt. This is why safety is always our biggest concern, and why we modify these activities based on ages of people playing, and we encourage you to do the same. Our trampoline, the JumpSport Elite Trampolines happens to have numerous safety features you just don’t find in lesser quality models, and it’s why we wouldn’t consider anything else. In fact, JumpSport’s founder invented trampoline safety as we know it with the release of the first affordable safety enclosure for trampolines in 1996. Of course, we always exercise caution when bouncing and always supervise our children, just as we do with every other high energy activity.

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50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline for kids and adults

Looking for our boredom buster guide to all things trampoline fun? You’re in the right place! Print out the 50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline to try them all, or pin it on Pinterest so you can reference it over and over again. 

Just add water - sprinkler or mister

Put a sprinkler either under the surface of the trampoline or off to one side and let the kids jump in their bathing suits and sunscreen and enjoy a hot summer day.

Inflatable beach ball

Have the entire family lay on the trampoline with their heads together in the center and try and keep the ball in the air using their hands and legs.  Count how many times you are able to toss the ball up before you lose control of it and try and go for an all-time high record.

Hopper ball

Pick up a fun hopper ball with a handle for the kids at any sports store or toy retailer and let the kids hop across the trampoline {one at a time for this one}.

Jump rope snake

Have one person stand outside the trampoline and move a jump rope back and forth over the surface of the trampoline in an “s” formation.  Then one child tries to jump over the rope {aka “snake”} without getting “bit”.  If they touch it, the children switch places.

Dance party

Just add music via a Bluetooth speaker and you have everything you need for a rockin’ good time. Pro tip: use a waterproof speaker in case the kids leave it out overnight. 

Water bombs

One of our favorite summer day activities is changing into swimwear and then playing catch with water toys that soak up water, like Water Bombs.

Picasso unleashed

Did you know you can write on the jumping surface of your trampoline with sidewalk chalk? It’s true! Think of it like a giant canvas and see what you can create as a family! Once you start jumping the chalk will come off slowly or it will disappear completely with a slight rain.

Chinese jump rope

Lay Chinese jump ropes {stretchy elastic jump ropes} across the trampoline surface and chose one person as your player.  Have one player at a time step in, out, side, side, in, out, side, side in a pattern and chant the steps in order as the player jumps.  You can also have someone randomly call out a series that the player must follow.

Velcro Tag

Using soft Velcro balls and Velcro vests with targets makes for a great game of tag.  You can pick up cheap sets at any sporting goods store, or you can make your own with old sweaters and Velcro balls.

Cleaning for fun

When is cleaning up as much fun as playing? When cleaning involves a hose, a brush, and a whole lot of water on a super fun trampoline. Each spring, I dress the kids in swimsuits, make up a bucket of soapy water, hand them a soft scrubbing brush {we use a car wash brush} and then let them use the hose.

Bounce Basketball

Did you know that JumpSport also sells an amazing trampoline basketball hoop that hooks to the side of the safety enclosure? Whether you are playing one-on-one, playing H.O.R.S.E. or a game of Around The World, a basketball hoop adds another dimension of fun to your backyard and your trampoline.

Hoppity Hopscotch

Using sidewalk chalk, draw a hopscotch board on the trampoline surface and take turns jumping across. It’s even more fun than the original, and it leads to all sorts of creative additions to the game – like jumping backwards or spin jumping. 

Trampoline Twister

No Twister board? No problem! Draw your own game board on the trampoline surface using sidewalk chalk and use the original game spinner or you can try out the newer Twister Hoopla version of the game that utilize Twister “hoops”.

Obstacle course

Set up a course in your yard that ends at the trampoline and have them jump a specified number of bounces or bounce for a length of time to finish, spin bounce, or do knee-ups  This makes sure they are good and worn out at the end.

Crack the Egg

Have one person sit in the center of the trampoline holding their knees to their chest with both arms.  Other children jump around the “egg” gently and try to get the person to let go of their legs.

Simon says

Just like regular Simon Says, but with extra bounce.

Memory

Everyone sits around the perimeter of the trampoline along the pad and one person does a “trick” in the center of the jumping surface.  The second person then does the first person’s trick and adds one of their own and this continues with each child doing the tricks before them and then adding their own.  If someone forgets a trick or gets them out of order, they are out and the game continues until one child is left.

Ball in the center

Position a lightweight {think beach ball or small air-filled} ball in the center of the jumping surface and draw a chalk circle around it. Jump around the trampoline, trying to keep the ball as close to center circle as possible.

Learning while moving

If you have a child who learns better when they are away from a desk, a trampoline is a great place to burn off energy while learning new things. You can write the answers in chalk on the trampoline and then have your child jump to the answer they think is correct, or you can do simple letter and number games with little kids.

Science everything

We all know that learning about science while doing helps you retain what you’ve learned, but trampolines make that about a thousand times more fun. Teach the principles of gravity, weights, friction and static electricity while laughing and getting some great exercise.

Low impact cardio

Some of your favorite moves at the gym can easily be modified for the trampoline including jumping jacks, burpees, lunges, high knees, squats, running in place or simply jogging around the perimeter of the jumping surface.

Kickboxing

Think kickboxing is fun at the gym? Try it out on your trampoline at home for even more fun and higher jumps. For obvious reasons, this should only be done solo.

Yoga

Why not try some of your favorite yoga moves on the soft {and forgiving} surface of a trampoline? You may not be able to do all the poses, but you can certainly do some and have fun trying!

Cross country skiing

Shift your feet forwards and backwards, alternating feet as if you are trekking through the snow

Downhill skiing

With feet together, jump side to side as if racing down a mountain.

Back to basics

Sit-ups on a trampoline are much easier on the back, and burpees are easier with a little spring in the step. Whether you are doing a modified crunch, full sit-up, or you are doing jumping jacks,the trampoline surface is a nice place to work out in comfort.

Warm ups

If you are training for a run, you probably spend a good deal of time warming up your muscles before taking off. Why not do some bouncing and then your calisthenics on the soft surface of a trampoline before your run?

Twist and jump

Whether you are simply bouncing to face right and then bouncing back to face left or you are doing a full 360 degree spin in the air, this is a great exercise as it works your core, too.

Feet pulse

Keeping your hips and upper body steady, push your feet up and down in the middle of the trampoline without having them leave the jumping surface.  Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds, and a great leg workout!

Challenge yourself

Find out how long you can bounce in one stretch or see how many more workout moves you can come up with. Almost any exercise can be modified for a trampoline, it just takes a little creativity!

Follow the leader

Choose one child as the leader and everyone else has to copy what they do. Your little ones will be waving their arms, clapping their hands, spinning, skipping, crawling, and dancing along with your leader.

Duck, Duck, GOOSE!

Choose one child as the leader and everyone else has to copy what they do. Your little ones will be waving their arms, clapping their hands, spinning, skipping, crawling, and dancing along with your leader.

Super Heroes

Everyone knows super heroes can fly, so what better way to play pretend than on a surface that can really feel like flying? Make or buy capes that Velcro on to the shoulders {make sure they do not wrap around the neck for safety reasons} and get ready to save the day.

Trampoline Tumbling

Trampolines are a great place to teach basic tumbling like somersaults and cartwheels because the surface is so forgiving.

Ring around the Rosie

The kiddos love this anywhere, but I love the soft surface of the trampoline even better than hard surfaces.

Play catch

Anyone who has ever played catch with a toddler knows that more time is spent chasing the ball than is spent actually learning. An enclosed trampoline surface is a great, contained space to teach your little one to catch and throw since the ball naturally rolls back to you.

Secondhand scarves

Dancing with trailing silk scarves is a favorite activity of my kids, but when you add the fun of the trampoline bounce, scarf play is even more fun.

Stir the soup

The kiddos sit in the center, each declared a vegetable or soup ingredient, and one person runs slowly around the outside of the jumping surface, picking up speed so eventually the “ingredients” bounce as if they are at a rolling “boil”. This is one my daughter made up and we love that it’s easy and quick to play.

Add a roof

A simple play parachute becomes an awesome ready-made roof with a few simple elastic ties. See our DIY trampoline parachute roof

Backyard campout

JumpSport sells a great trampoline tent that can make your trampoline a sleepover haven, a daytime fort, or an enclosed bounce house.

Movie night

Using an inexpensive projector and a white sheet or curtain or simply a large laptop, plan an outdoor movie night for the whole family. Bring out lots of blankets, pillows, and snacks and lay back and watch a favorite family movie under the stars

Larger-than-life hammock

What could be better than an oversized hammock built for the whole family? Whether you are relaxing after a fun day of jumping or you are reading books together, a trampoline is an incredibly comfortable place to lay to unwind.

Star gazing

I can’t think of a better place to lay back and watch the night sky than the soft and snuggly trampoline surface. Add blankets, spill-proof cocoa, and even a telescope and you’re all set for the next meteor shower.

Cloud shapes

During the day, the trampoline is the perfect place to lay back and pick out cloud shapes with your little one.  You’d be surprised at how early they can play this game and how fun it is to watch their imaginations blossom.

Enjoy your WiFi

Have internet service that doesn’t require cables? Make the most of it by taking your netbook, laptop, or tablet outside and making an ultra comfy “office” for a day.

Family band

The surface of the trampoline is the perfect place to get a drum beat going. Add in a singer, a guitar, or a kid’s band set and you’re ready to perform.

Gazebo

For our summertime backyard events, we are planning on throwing outdoor pillows onto the jumping surface, putting up our parachute “roof” over the top of the trampoline enclosure, and then adding colorful curtains tied back at the sides to create a private place for the adults to sit around the perimeter of the trampoline to talk.

 

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68 thoughts on “50+ fun activities to do on a trampoline for kids and adults”

  1. Jumsport trampoline is is the best place to a lot specially for kids as playground. This can’t make them hurt. This is good for the whole family because we can do a lot of stuff here.

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  2. I’ve ALWAYS been taught that jumping on it while it is wet, HIGHLY increases the chances of it getting rips and tears. I would never put water on it and jump. Too expensive to chance that.

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  3. Interesting, Kendra! The JumpSport site sells a mister, so maybe theirs are designed to withstand jumping while wet? We haven’t noticed any problems whatsoever with ours, but we’ve never jumped with big huge puddles or anything!

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  4. I have been thinking about getting a trampoline for our children but haven’t been sure if we should wait of not because of their ages. This list however made my mind up for me! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  5. Not to be a downer, but my daughter is one of those kids you hear about but don’t think exist who was injured on a trampoline. She and one other kid were jumping, jumping pretty hard, but not doing any tricks. She came down at the wrong time and hit her chin on her sternum so hard it bruised her sternum and gave her mild whiplash. It’s been four years and several doctors and she still experiences occasional very sharp pain at the site on her chest. 🙁

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  6. Wow, Melissa I’m so sorry that happened to your daughter! I will be extra cautious with my kiddos and keep in mind that sometimes it’s small injuries that cause problems, not just bad injuries from crazy tricks!

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  7. Excellent post!!!!
    Something I just learned from a PEDS nurse (we just got a tramp hand-me-down!) is that PEDs doctors see the most concern with trampolines and small kids who are bounced much too high/hard by bigger kids/adults and their necks snap back – similar to a whiplash or even as bad as a shaken baby syndrome. So, this nurse recommended only jumping with like sized/muscled people (or grown ups jump really carefully – more bouncing than jumping with smaller kids)
    Hadn’t ever thought of that, but totally made sense – thought I’d share!
    I’m out to get the sidewalk chalk to my daughter on the tramp right now 🙂

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  8. My kids always enjoyed my brother-and-sister-in-law’s trampoline in the hot Texas summers. They use a sprinkler often and have even been known to dump a bag of ice on top which the kids LOVE. Pillows and blankets on the trampoline for reading time is another fun event. 🙂

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  9. One more thing to add to your list, is a glow-in-the dark jumping using black lights, strobes and music. We deck the kids out in glow sticks bracelets, glow in the dark bubbles, balloons and have a great time! We hold our annual glow-in-the-dark family party the night of the last day of school. Caution of course needs to be used but if everyone is careful it is a very fun night!

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  10. WARNING! trampolines CAN BE extremely Dangerous if used improperly.
    This list includes tons of extremely Dangerous activities for kids!!!
    i am a very experienced Trampoline coach and I would never reccomend that you allow
    Your kids to play most of these games. (Particularly games That include more than one person jumping at a time.)
    Also, Use EXTREME CAUTION when allowing children under 3 On a trampoline. They do not have the muscle development needed to stabilize their backs and necks while using a trampoline.
    Chalk idea is cute, but most of these are not safe games for various reasons!!

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  11. How do you CLEAN the trampoline to prevent your child from being covered in black stuff that is VERY hard to get off clothes and skin after you’ve had the trampoline a while??

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  12. There are so many fun activities! Me and my cousins always used to put our shoes in the middle then jump once you got hit u were out, and British bulldog one person would be a dog with there eyes closed and would try to catch the humans one person was the doctor whom saved the humans. Then my favourite Kung fu you would pick name our names used to be something like the pixies rocks flamingos but kickers etc. then you would pick a power you would stand at the opposite end bow, then have a match! We could play those games for hours

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  13. This is a great list. Thanks for coming up with this list. Kids will definitely love all the fun activities they can do with a trampoline. Actually just bouncing up and down is already a fun thing to do. We will certainly be trying all these fun things featured here.

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  14. Amy, I’m not sure how you can best clean the surface. We’ve had the trampoline for a year and a half and it still looks brand new – no black stuff, etc. What brand trampoline do you have?

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  15. I have a question as a fellow PNW family, do you have any issues with moss due to our constant moisture in the air and cooler weather? We really want a trampoline and we have 4 children one with special needs that would benefit greatly from a trampoline outside. Thanks for your response.

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  16. April, we haven’t had any issues with moss at all! We leave the trampoline up year-round since PNW weather is fairly mild and so far it’s been through two years of VERY wet fall and winter seasons without problems. This year we had some dried on pollen from our trees that the rain didn’t rinse off the safety pads so we’re planning on doing a little scrub of the pads themselves (not the actual jumping surface which looks pristine) and after we’re through it will honestly look brand new again. If you’re thinking trampoline, I would do it – it’s by far the best thing we could have done in our backyard!

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  17. I am a senior advanced trampoline coach and I an horrified at this list there will definately be so many accidents occuring with these games and there are already enough with garden trampolines as it is you should not encourage any somersaulting or double bouncing and having fun learning safely with a club is a much better idea babs

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  18. Now that! is an amazing article 😀
    So many kids stay indoors on their console but would be so much healthier by getting outdoors in the fresh air for fun and the fitness side.

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  19. Great choice, the JumpSport is an excellent family trampoline. I couldn’t agree more, adding a backyard trampoline is a fantastic way to disguise fitness and make it fun! Thanks for sharing your ideas to make jumping even more fun, I never considered a dance party, but I got to imagine this would be entertaining.

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  20. my kids used to drag out 20 or so of their stuffed toys so the whole top of the trampoline was covered in their fuzzy favorites! They would bounce, giggle and roll around on and in amongst the stuffies for hours – great fun, indeed! 🙂

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  21. I’m pretty Shute everyone knows this considering it is posted all over the box instructions and everything else you should add valuable input to these articles rather than spew the same warnings everyone has seen we get it kids and can get hurt and die but that’s with almost every sport and everything you buy today add positive stories ideas not a warning lable

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  22. Thanks for sharing this amazing list! Can’t wait for spring to try some of these out with the kids. We tried the chalk last summer and it was a hit with both kids. Cleaning the trampoline was a matter of spraying it with the hose and letting the sun dry it off.

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  23. Wow! Thank you so much for crafting this article. I am a new owner of a trampoline and to find new ways to utilize it and have fun with my whole family is just great. This is by far one of the best articles I’ve encountered.

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  24. Yes, trampolines can be dangerous, but the author very clearly stated that she supervises her kids well, and I hope everyone else does, too. Some people really are looking for anything to complain about.

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  25. We’ve just got the jumpsport trampoline for the kids and it works like a treat! Fun all over the place!

    Still considering a smaller, fitness trampoline for adults, should be great fun too!

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  26. Amazing ideas, our kids spend most of the time in playing video games and watching cartoons etc. I always encourage them to play some outdoor games . Now you have given me a great idea to engage them in physically activity and it seems to be great fun with our kids.

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  27. Amazing! I know it’s a great fun with trampoline, but I have read many incidents of falling out from trampoline. Only that’s the reason I am not buying this. Otherwise my kid’s fond of bouncing and demanding a small trampoline since last year.

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  28. These are great ideas for kids birthday parties and smaller fun events. Yes, trampolines can cause injuries, but its also one of the things that are are good for health (as an exercise) and fun at the same time.

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  29. Such a fun list, great share. Thank you Leanne! We also wrote alphabet for our kids and they used to say them while jumping. Fun and education at the same time.

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