Put kids on a trampoline, and they’re going to have fun, but add a ball, declare a bum war or try to crack the egg (not a real one) and suddenly the fun-o-meter shoots through the roof. Trampoline games are a great way to get the whole family active, and if you don’t have the energy or inclination to join in with the games, you can always be the officiator.
Include these in your next party, add them to the celebrations at your local trampoline park, or just play them at home with your children. Most of them are from the playground but have been adapted to include a trampoline.
(Remember, when playing any of these games, it’s best to follow the rules to make sure no one gets hurt).
Here are 7 of the best trampoline games, for the young, and the young at heart.
Everyone loves Hot Potato, and it’s double the fun on a trampoline. The game is simple – the kids are given a big, bouncy ball, which has to be passed around while everyone’s jumping. You’re not allowed to hold the “hot potato” for more than two seconds, and you’re not allowed to stop moving. When a player drops the ball, hangs on to it for too long or stays still for too long, they’re out. The winner is the last one with the ball.
Recommended age is 5+ and with three players or more.
Crack the Egg or Pop the Popcorn is an absolute favorite. Not only is it heaps of fun, but it’s also hilarious for the people watching. One person sits in the middle of the trampoline, tucked up in a fetal position (to avoid any injuries, make sure the egg or the popcorn doesn’t tuck their face into their legs). Everyone else on the trampoline has to jump so that the person in the middle breaks their hold, and cracks, or pops. It sounds easy enough, but as everyone jumps together and the momentum builds the poor egg flails around like a chicken with its head chopped off.
Recommended age is 4+, and it’s best with a minimum of three players.
What? You’ve never heard of Bum Wars? It’s a classic that you’ve got to try. The idea behind the game is that the last person standing is the winner, but it’s what you do in between that counts. Players jump a few times to warm up and then when everyone’s ready, they drop onto their bums, and then jump back up to land on their feet. If they double bounce on their feet or on their bums, they’re out. Bum Wars is a lot more fun if there’s an adult or two in the mix because the weight difference makes it more challenging.
Recommended age is 5+ and it’s best with a minimum of two players.
Still in the wars, or on the battlefield, so to speak, is Bounce Battle. This is perfect for two players, and while it seems simple, it’s about patience, coordination, and endurance. Players face each other and do seat drops, but when they bounce back up, they have to launch themselves with their entire body, so they don’t stop bouncing. The first one to slip loses; the first one to stop bouncing loses. Trust us, it sounds a lot easier than what it is.
Recommended for ages 6+ and is perfect for two or three players.
Who doesn’t love Simon Says? This is a great trampoline game for smaller kids and won’t only keep everyone fit and healthy, it’ll also have everyone in stitches, especially if you act silly. Just like the classic game, sans trampoline, one person is Simon, and they give out a whole lot of commands. Everyone needs to do what Simon says, but only if he’s said it. If you’re playing with younger children, let them get the hang of it and then speed up with the commands.
Recommended for ages 3+ and is ideal for three players or more.
No favorite games list is complete without Dodge Ball. Everyone knows how much fun it is, and adding a trampoline takes it to another level. It’s good for balance, spatial recognition and hand and eye coordination and to stay in the game you need to be able to aim, jump, throw, and dodge oncoming balls. To get started, divide players into two teams and have them line up opposite each other on either side of the trampoline. Give everyone a soft ball (preferably foam) and let the dodging and throwing begin. When you get hit, you’re out, but you can catch the ball and throw it an opponent. The last person on the trampoline is the winner.
Recommended for ages 5+ (depending on their skill level) and it’s suitable for as four players or more (preferably more.)
Poison Ball is a lot less dangerous than what it sounds and is an excellent way to keep everyone moving. All you do is put a couple of soft balls, or stuffed animals into the middle of the trampoline with the kids standing in a circle. When you give the instruction for everyone to start jumping, the balls or animals will start moving around too. The catch is that they’re “poisonous” and if they touch someone that person has to sit out of the game until another player “revives” them with a high-five or a tap on the back.
Recommended for ages 4+ (if they understand the concept) and is good for three players or more.
Kids have a blast on a trampoline, regardless, but these games are a great way to encourage kids to interact, socialize and be active. Older kids enjoy letting off steam, while the young at heart benefit from the exercise, the laughs, and the interaction. Trampolines are also very good for children with Sensory Processing Disorders, and they’re a smart way to incorporate sensory-integration-therapy-activities into their day.