Little Tikes® 7' Trampoline

Promoted Skills

Product Description

The Little Tikes® 7’ trampoline boasts a durable blow-molded plastic frame, padded springs and full mesh enclosure. Covered, heavy-duty steel poles support the mesh netting. The jump surface is lower than other traditional trampolines enabling children to get in and out independently with ease. For outdoor use only; one jumper at a time; weight limit 100lbs. 

Sensory 4

Skills

  • Children gain proprioceptive input from jumping. They are able to feel their joints and muscles as they relate to each other.
  • Jumping on the trampoline gives a child practice in body movement and helps hone coordination skills.
  • Spatial awareness is heightened with continual trampoline use and has been linked to enhanced cognitive development.

Play Ideas

  • Play a game of, “Start-Stop” (similar to musical chairs). When the music starts a child begins to jump. When the music stops, the child must stop jumping. This can also help gradually increase stamina and duration by playing the music longer between stops.
  • Make an obstacle course and have the trampoline be part of the course.
  • Ask the child to practice counting or recite the alphabet while jumping.

Adaptation Ideas

  • For children who are nervous, introduce the concept of jumping slowly, let them stand on the trampoline first and then when they are ready just a few bounces.
  • For children who have with visual impairments, put a contrasting, bright X on the middle of the jumping surface to show them where to bounce
  • If a child cannot use the trampoline but wants to be involved, he can be the leader that tells people when to jump and for how many jumps.

Physical 3

Skills

  • Repeated use builds lower body strength.
  • Children can build fine motor skills while operating the zipper on the trampoline door.
  • Bouncing on a trampoline can improve coordination and physical development.

Play Ideas

  • Make an obstacle course and have the trampoline be part of the course. 
  • Play ball while jumping. The child can catch and throw the ball to a parent outside of the trampoline while he continues to jump. 
  • Run in place or dance on the trampoline.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Have the child sit or lie on the trampoline and bounce the trampoline for him with your hands.
  • If child is nervous or hesitant, practice jumping first on the ground either independently or with assistance
  • Put an X on the middle of the jumping surface to show the child where to bounce.

Social/Emotional 4

Skills

  • Trampolining can help direct energy in a positive way. 
  • Bouncing up and down stimulates the limbic system which plays an important role in emotion, learning and memory. 
  • Trampolining helps promote attention and focus. 

Play Ideas

  • Play a game of "Red Light/Green Light." When a caregiver says "red light," the child must stop jumping and then they can start jumping when "green light" is called. 
  • Trampolines can be highly motivating for a child. Take advantage of this opportunity to encourage learning--count, sing, solve math problems, spell. 

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$219.99
Age Range:
3+
Directions:
None
Levels of Play:
One Level
Storability:
Disassembly Required
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Little Tikes® 7' Trampoline

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 3
Sensory 4
Communicative 4
Cognitive 4
Social/Emotional 4

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