2. After your holes are drilled you will need to
determine how long to make your jump ropes. This
will depend on the size of the children who will use
them. You may also want to make a longer rope for
use by a group.
3. Add about 12 inches to your desired ﬁnal length.
Wrap some tape tightly around where you plan to
cut the rope. This will help you get a clean cut and
keep the rope from fraying.
Cut off any excess rope casing after the knot. Do
this on both sides and then pull the caps so they
meet their corresponding knots.
7. The last step is to hot-glue a 4-inch pipe section
into each end cap. You can use PVC cement
instead of hot glue if you have it available. You’ve
just created a very durable kid-size jump rope.
4. After making the cut, thread the three PVC pipe
connectors onto the rope. These pieces will self-
center on the rope when it is spun, and their added
weight will draw the rope to the ground for easier
jumping. 5. Now add an end cap onto each end of the rope;
make sure you have about 12 inches of rope pulled
through the cap on each end. Then push the rope’s
outer casing down and cut out about 6 inches of
the rope’s core.
Storage Store your jump ropes with your other outside play
equipment. What’s Learned
Jump ropes are great for developing large-muscle
skills and coordination. They will also come in
handy as props for all kinds of active dramatic play.
Variations Vary the length of the ropes you make to meet
the needs of different children.
Play with your jump ropes inside and out.
6. The next step is to knot the outer casing a few
times so that it will not pull back through the hole.
Jump ropes make great ﬁre hoses, rescue lines,
and other props during dramatic play.
Activities—Learning Equipment to Build