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Easy Outdoor Activities for Kids


Sneaker Jumping Test

Try the sneaker jumping test to see if television advertisements are true. Can different footwear help you jump farther? Better? Higher? This easy outdoor activity for kids can help them find out.

What You'll Need:

  • Dress shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Chalk, tape, or washable marker

Step 1: Mark a starting point with chalk, tape, or washable marker on the sidewalk.

Step 2: Wearing your favorite sneakers, jump as far as you can from your starting point.

Step 3: Mark where you landed, and label it "Sneakers."

Step 4: Now repeat the action in dress shoes, in socks, and in bare feet. Label each spot with the type of shoe you were wearing.

Step 5: Take a look at all of the chalk marks. How do the marks compare? Can you jump the farthest in your favorite sneakers?

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