This post was sponsored by Springfree Trampoline. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
My first trampoline memories are at my friend Maia’s house. A large rectangular trampoline in her front yard, steel blue frame, exposed springs, backflips and lip-syncing to Madonna on an old boom box. Unsupervised. What can I say, it was the eighties. Quite a bit has changed since then. Both my taste in music and trampolines.
We have a trampoline in our yard now, our back yard. With a safety net and no springs. No back flips, and no Madonna. It’s a Springfree Trampoline and ever since we did our first bounce we’ve been coming up with cool things to do on a trampoline.
I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we are having. Quincy and Edison want to jump on the trampoline every single day. It’s going to be a great way to burn off energy. We’re still getting Sebby used to the idea. New things are tough sometimes for him because of his Autism, but I know in a few weeks, we’ll have him bouncing and having fun. I’m guessing his favorite thing will be to just hang out in the trampoline.
And Alan and I? We’re working on new fitness routines. See more at the bottom of the post but I’m really excited about all of the workout possibilities and activities on the trampoline.
After you’ve checked out our list of things to do on your trampoline, please read the safety tips at the bottom of this post. A lot of our activities do involve more than one person on the trampoline so it’s important to remember NO JUMPING with multiple people.
Go big or go home. In addition to sending us a new trampoline, Springfree Trampoline also sent us a projector so we could create a theater. Schools out, it’s summertime, which means outdoor movie nights. Look for another post coming soon with a list of movie ideas.
Turn your trampoline into a movie theater in a few easy steps.
Gather your supplies:
1.) Springfree trampoline
2.) King size sheet
3.) Towel clips
5.) Laptop or DVD player
Clip your sheet to the outside of the trampoline to create a large screen. Using clips in all corners will help you keep your screen nice and smooth.
Set up your projector on at sturdy surface and connect it to your laptop or DVD player. If you have speakers, hook those up too.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
Check out how Springfree turns their trampoline into a backyard theater.
Go beyond movie night and jumping and check out these other cool things you can do on a trampoline.
Fun for the whole family.
Pitch a tent on a trampoline. (Finally a use for our tent that hasn’t been used in 8 years)
Grab a bunch of blankets and snuggle up and watch the stars or clouds.
Need more party seating? Create a space for grownups and kids alike to sit around and talk by adding piles of pillows. Use the clips from your movie night to add battery operated LED lights to the perimeter of the trampoline for evening party magic.
Play cards or other board games.
I-Spy is a fun one for all ages too.
Toss around a few giant beach balls (just take them out before you start jumping)
Charades are another fun game!
Our Springfree Trampoline is the perfect set up to take turns spelling words by making baskets, complete with their FlexrHoop. I wouldn’t recommend hanging from the rim though. 🙂 Set up challenges for players to do bounce combos before they make their shots. Remember – only one person jumping at a time!
Trampolines are awesome chalkboards.
You can create murals or games or just draw to your hearts content. One of our sitters, Rikki, is an amazing artist and the kids just love to draw with her. . Quincy loves to jump on her chalk designs and create footprints everywhere! The chalk will eventually disappear or be washed away with rain (or your garden hose.)
You can even draw game boards or hopscotch. Play tic-tac-toe. Draw different shapes, letters and more so kids can learn! Have your child practice writing their name. It’s perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners, and a safe way for siblings to play together (since they aren’t jumping.)
Older children might like playing hangman, capture the squares or even pictionary.
All of these games can be safely played on a trampoline with adult supervision. Please remember to only allow one person on the trampoline if they are jumping.
Duck Duck Goose
Ring around the Rosie
Follow the Leader
Mother May I?
Play catch (no hard balls)
Sit in a circle and play hot potato or telephone.
Warning. Trampolines are slippery when wet so please practice SAFETY.
A sprinkler and swimsuits can offer some real trampoline fun
Water balloon fights (clean up broken balloons with care)
Just remember to turn the sprinkler OFF before resuming jumping.
Exercise isn’t only for the kids!
There are lots of health benefits for adults.
Jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes is the equivalent to a 30 minute run without the impact of the pavement.
Practice yoga, or in my case, pretend to.
Get home from work and jump! Bouncing on a trampoline stimulates the free-flowing lymphatic drainage system, helping rid your body of toxins, trapped protein, bacteria, viruses and other cell waste.
Plus it’s good for your mental health. Let’s face it, bouncing makes people happy!
IMPORTANT TRAMPOLINE SAFETY TIPS
1.) Know the rules. Have safety talks.
2.) Only one jumper at a time. Multiple jumpers increase the risk of injury.
3.) No flips.
4.) Enter and exit safely, keep the door zipped shut.
5.) No one under the trampoline when people are on it. People or pets.
6.) Keep your trampoline clean (I vacuum mine, no joke!)
Why Springfree Trampoline?
We like our SpringFree Trampoline because they’ve eliminated the springs. They’ve moved the frame underneath, so it’s impossible to fall on. The SoftEdge mat is shock-absorbant and the FlexiNet? It cushions jumpers and prevent falls. The trampoline I jumped on during the 80s? Didn’t do any of those things.
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