“I took the trampoline to work today!” – you did what?! I’m not sure about you, but until today, I’d never seen this much trampoline in my life. It looks pretty darn awesome. And fun. All 52 metres of it.
The massive trampoline footpath installed in Russia has taken commuting to work to a whole new level – now with a spring in your step, literally!! They say that it allows users to move and view the world differently and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t think there would be much trouble getting people up in the morning to go to work via trampoline! This could possibly just be the best idea ever. Who said trampolines were just for the backyard?!
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We have already discussed the Doodle Jump trampoline application for iPhone, but we have not yest discussed Tramp Stamp! The basic premis of Tramp Stamp is this: boxes need to be stamped before leaving a giant warehouse. Your job, as a player, is to use a trampoline to launch yourself to great heights so you can stamp the departing boxes as they move towards the loading dock. You can control the bouncing ball by tilting the iPhone. Tap the screen to stamp the box. With each trampoline launch comes a successful stamp to increase your power. If you jump on the trampoline but miss the box, you lose power. Each departing box must be stamped at least one time before it leaves the warehouse. If it is not stamped, you will be penalised.
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Users rate the game’s sound effects, quirky graphics, and addictive nature. It has been described as very challenging, but suitable for the whole family.
White House Trampoline Game with Obama
Okay, readers, it is your time to speak! What do you think about these trampoline-inspired iPhone games? Have you ever played either Doodle Jump or Tramp Stamp?
….Am I the only one who is seeing a trend here? I think trampoline games are going to be a very big marketing tool for iPhone!
Sponsored marathons have always been a popular way to raise money. Dance-a-thons, walk-a-thons, running marathons, rock-a-thons, and other endurance tests are commonplace for organizations and groups all across the world. The basic idea is this: a contestant collects money from sponsors who pledge to give them a certain amount of money if the contestant participates in a contest. The contest atmosphere may be one of great competition (as in a 5K race for charity) or may be casual and group-oriented (a ladies club that agrees to knit for 3 hours and talk). The result is a highly-social, fun fundraising idea in which the contestants push their abilities to the limits and the charity or organization greatly benefits from the profits.
Often, enthusiastic volunteers engage in a bounce-a-thon in which the contestants agree to jump on a trampoline for an alloted amount of time. Frequently, bounce-a-thons have a silly, fun atmosphere in which the contestants may dress up in crazy costumes to wear while bouncing on the trampoline. The trampoline bounce-a-thons may be composed of individuals or of teams.
I think this is a great idea! Really, as long as the supervising adults make sure that the trampoline fun is safe, this sounds like a great idea to raise money and have fun at the same time.
Why not try a trampoline bounce-a-thon for your next fundraiser?
Bouncing on a trampoline is fun for the whole family, but parents need to keep their children’s ages in mind before purchasing a trampoline. Currently, trampolines are not recommended for children under 6 years old. A larger sized trampoline might sound like a good deal, but families can experience difficulty if their children are too young. To combat the difficulties that might be associated with small children on a trampoline, consider investing in a toddler trampoline.
Perfect for first-time trampoline users and jumpers aged 6 and older, toddler trampolines are fantastic for teaching basic skills and safety techniques to your six year old before allowing him or her to have access to a larger device. By emphasizing the importance of safety and reasonable trampoline etiquette, you will prepare your child for better trampoline experiences in the future.
Additionally, toddler trampolines are an inexpensive way to test whether your child will enjoy having a larger device. High quality trampolines in larger sizes can be several hundred dollars. Conversely, toddler trampolines are a cost-efficient way of introducing the joys of bouncing to your little one.
Has anyone ever used a toddler trampoline? What did you think? At what age did were your children ready for a larger trampoline?
My friends are crazy.
There, I said it. I hang out with a pretty nutty bunch, and there’s never a dull moment with us. Today, for example, we were hanging out at my mate’s house and he has two trampolines. He was feeling wild and got on the trampoline with his shoes on. It was such a bad idea! Everyone knows that you shouldn’t jump on the trampoline with your shoes on (everyone except for Ben, apparently). Anyway, he slipped and fell and bounced so far back up in the air that he looked like he was flying. His arms and legs were flailing and he squealed…it was crazy!! It was a really good thing that we had a trampoline safety net!
After we got off of the trampolines, we went and got some ice cream at Cold Rock. It seems like their portion sizes are MASSIVE, and it’s awesome. I had the chocolate ice cream with Snickers bars in the middle of it. Yum!
Other than that..yeah. I’ve been hanging out, playing guitar, and skating a lot. It’s been too rainy lately to do as much skating as I like, so I’ve been practicing my guitar riffs and hoping I get better.
Later days x
Did you know that trampoline training is often used in school systems to aid special education recipients?
It’s true! Child experts are finding that the use of trampoline training can be a very effective tool for teaching autistic, learning disordered, and other special education recipients the benefits of exercise and wellness. Many special education children have difficulty staying in his or her seat during lesson time and are consumed by an urge to move. By using a trampoline as a training tool, special education children can learn counting, music and rhythm, physical education, coordination, flexibility, and impulse control. As an added bonus, the use of a trampoline in the classroom can be used as a reward for good behavior. Studies are also showing that trampolineexercise plans are very effective for burning off energy and regaining focus–crucial areas of focus in special education and individualised education plans.
Trampoline -trained children are heavily supervised and enjoy the benefits of safety nets, so the risk of fall-related injuries is all but eliminated.
Have you ever heard of programs like this? Do you think they are effective? If you are a parent or teacher of a special needs individual, do you think this is an effective educational method?
It’s been so cold and rainy lately, and I really wish I could go outside and jump on the trampoline. Why can’t summer hurry up and get here already?
I think my favorite trampoline memory has to be jumping and playing with all of my family on Australia Day. Trampoline games and the McKinley family have always gone hand in hand, and it’s a time-honoured tradition to have a long bounce on the trampoline whenever we get together. Australia Day usually begins early— we have beer, music, lots of food, and of course, trampoline bouncing the whole day. I would like to say that the kids enjoy it more than the adults, but I really do not know– Aunt Judy has always really gotten into it! We have to be really careful to divide up the time so that everyone has chance to enjoy it, and sometimes the family members (both kids and adults..haha!) do not want to get off of it and let someone else have a turn. Kids start their first jumping experience when they are about six, and they keep jumping their whole lives! I can’t wait until this year’s Australia Day so we can jump on the trampoline again!!