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Last updated: May 14, 2021
Jumping on a trampoline can be loads of fun, for kids as well as for adults, but it doesn’t have to end there.
With a bit of creativity and effort, there are so many more fun things you can do on a trampoline besides jumping.
I’ve come up with a list of trampoline activities that my kids have given the thumbs up. So, dust off that old trampoline, give it a good clean, and try one of the below 10 ideas!
1. Crack the Egg
This is one of the most basic games you can play on a trampoline, but it’s also one of the most entertaining ones. The best part? There’s no expensive equipment or accessories required!
How does it work? One person sits in the centre of the trampoline and curls up into a ball shape, pulling the knees up to the chin and wrapping the arms around the legs.
The other kids then need to start jumping as hard as they can until the egg is cracked. In other words, the person in the centre needs to try hard to stay in his or her position for as long as possible.
This can be timed, to make it a bit more competitive. This trampoline game is also often called popcorn, with the person in the centre being a popcorn kernel trying not to get popped.
2. Chalk Drawing
Organize a chalk drawing session for your kids and their neighborhood friends. You can simply use regular washable sidewalk chalk, which works fine on trampoline mats.
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The black surface of trampoline mats makes the chalk drawings stand out even more than they do on the sidewalk. And the chalk can easily be wiped off also.
Kids are more creative than you might think, and a chalk drawing session is a great opportunity for them to be social and creative at the same time.
3. Bomb Ball
This is a classic trampoline game that is always fun to play, no matter how young or old the kids are. All you need is a bunch of plastic balls to get started. The bigger the trampoline, the better though.
First, decide on a number of balls to add to the trampoline. Then, when everyone is ready, start jumping. The purpose of this game is to avoid touching any of the balls. If a player happens to touch a ball, he or she is out, or loses a point.
As you can imagine, the balls will bounce and fly everywhere, making it challenging to avoid. In other words, the more balls, the more chaos. With a bit of skill, you can actually try and jump in a certain way so that the balls bounce towards the other player(s).
4. Ball Pit Bonanza
Turn your trampoline in a real ball pit! For this to work your trampoline will need some kind of enclosure, typically a safety net like many outdoor trampolines have these days.
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This will not only keep your kids safe, but it will also keep the balls inside. The balls should ideally be a bit on the small side and also a bit soft.
There are no rules here. Just keep on jumping and the balls will jump along with you. Kids absolutely love this extra feature, and it’s perfectly safe with smaller balls and an enclosure.
5. Slip and Slide
This one is a little tricky, as the purpose of the game is to not slide, so ideally you’d have max three kids on the trampoline to avoid collisions.
First add some water to the trampoline mat. Then add a bit of soap or dish washing liquid, mix it all up and spread it evenly across the entire trampoline mat.
The idea is to then start jumping around and to avoid slipping. Whoever slips is out, and the last man standing wins the round. You can keep score and play as many rounds as you see fit.
6. Dance Festival
Organize a dance festival on your trampoline. The sky (literally) is the limit with this fun trampoline activity.
You can organize a group dance routine, where everyone needs to do the same moves in unison. Or you can organize a real dance battle with a judge, where each kid needs to perform a short made-up dance or jump routine. Creative air jumps are my favorite.
Make sure you have some music and lights to go with it, and I can guarantee that your kids will be a having an absolute blast in the backyard.
7. Trampoline Basketball
Play a game of basketball on your trampoline. This may sound complicated, but it’s s lot of fun, especially for younger kids.
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You can actually buy a trampoline that has a basketball hoop attached to it; otherwise get a separate hoop as a standalone item that you can attach to the net.
8. Trampoline House
Instead of building a tree house or setting up a tent in the backyard, why not turn your trampoline into a small house! Trust me when I say that your kids will love it.
This one requires a bit of creativity and preparation work, but it’s not difficult to set up. Assuming you have a trampoline with a safety enclosure, the best way to go about it is to grab a few old bed sheets and attach them to the top of the enclosure.
Do it such that the sheets cover the entire trampoline. Or leave a section open so you can keep an eye on your kids inside. Then add a bunch of pillows and other things inside to add a level of coziness.
9. Trampoline Water Park
This fun trampoline activity is a big hit during the warmer summer months. Believe it or not, but you can actually buy a water sprinkler set specifically designed for trampolines.
The idea is simple yet so brilliant. All you have to do is attach a hose on the outside of the trampoline net with the attachments and strap. Turn on the tap and water starts spraying out of the little holes, adding another level of excitement to the jumping experience.
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An added benefit of using this product is that it can significantly lower the temperature on the trampoline mat. As we all know, under the burning hot sun, that trampoline mat can heat up quickly. A bit of cold water spraying over you when bouncing can offer that much needed relief.
You can also place a water sprinkler underneath the trampoline mat, to create a fun mist effect when jumping.
10. Trampoline Parachute Game
If your trampoline is big enough, you can try playing a classic parachute game on the trampoline. The extra bounce effect will make it so much more fun.
Have a read through my list of outdoor parachute games for kids and see if you can find a few suitable ones.
From that list, I think bounce count, cross the bridge, sea waves, shake hands and big mushroom can work well on a trampoline.