26 Trampoline Benefits For Kids & Why You Should Get One!

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In my opinion, every child should be allowed to trampoline as often as they can. As there are so many trampoline benefits for kids.

We purchased our trampoline back in 2015 (when our son was 5) and I have to say it was the best gift we have ever purchased.

The reason we got a trampoline in the first place is a long story.

But I will summarize, we went through the adoption process about 4 years ago as we desperately wanted to adopt. Our social worker went into great detail about the benefits of trampolining for autism. And how jumping on a trampoline was a great idea for children, especially “looked after children”.

We of course did our own research and came across endless articles about the benefits of trampolining. As we already had a child we decided to get one immediately.

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Our son is now 8 years old and jumps on his trampoline every day it is not raining. In fact, he recently enjoyed it in the snow!

As we now homeschool having a trampoline has been a Godsend, especially when he needs 10 minutes to regroup.

Boy jumping on a trampoline in the snow

What are the benefits of using a trampoline?

Using trampolines to keep your child entertained is a healthy alternative to jumping on your furniture (which is not ideal!). Kids love the thrill of jumping off the trampoline. Skyrocketing into mid-air and I love that they’re using up their seemingly endless energy.

The main trampoline benefits for kids are:

  1. Self-confidence
  2. Strength of limbs
  3. Numeracy – Counting each bounce
  4. Patience – Taking turns
  5. Communication
  6. Co-ordination
  7. Independence
  8. Balance
  9. Muscle tone
  10. Reaction speed
  11. Self-image
  12. Eye contact
  13. Relaxation (another great way is having detox baths for kids.)
  14. Freedom of movement
  15. Sense of achievement
  16. Stamina
  17. Spatial awareness
  18. Body awareness
  19. Social awareness
  20. Consideration of others
  21. Height and depth perception
  22. Fun and enjoyment

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Other benefits of trampoline include:

  1. Stimulation of the digestive system can help your immune system
  2. Stimulation of the lymphatic system which helps flush out toxins (learn more with our free lymphatic system labeling worksheet)
  3. Improved bowel function
  4. Internal organ massage
  5. Increase bone density
  6. Weight loss

Benefits of trampolining for kids with autism

There is also evidence that bouncing on a trampoline is great for kids with autism. Many autistic children struggle to interact with their peers because they’re considered trapped in their own world.

This can mean that children feel excluded and find it difficult to make friends at school.

According to a company that evaluates child health, having a trampoline at home is a great way to interact with your child and give them the enjoyment they deserve.

We have a 10ft Trampoline which comes with the netting, and I have to say we have had no issues with it all.

Boy standing on a trampoline with a safety net with lots of balls

Trampoline Health Benefits

Studies by NASA scientists show that bouncing on a trampoline is 68% more effective than jogging! But requires less effort! You can develop both upper and lower body strength just as effectively as you can with weight lifting! Without the strain or threat of pulling muscles.

Trampolining has also been shown to outperform swimming as an all round aerobic exercise!

Check out our favorite PE ideas for homeschool too.

Research from the United States suggests trampoline exercise can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which can affect behavior. It is also helpful in improving the quality of sleep for children. Anything cardiovascular can improve dopamine levels.

Tony Lloyd, the chief executive of the ADHD Foundation

Homeschooling a child with ADHD has many challenges, and to be honest, doing it without a trampoline would have made it much harder. Some of our other favorite best sensory toys for ADHD can be found here.

If you have ever seen Winnie the Pooh you will remember these lyrics:

The wonderful thing about Tiggers Is Tiggers are wonderful things! Their tops are made out of rubber. Their bottoms are made out of springs!” Now can you also remember just how bouncy and happy Tigger was?

Winnie the Pooh

Trampoline Safety

Of course, there are safety aspects that need to be considered before you buy a trampoline. But at the very least make sure you get a safety net.

According to the Royal Society of Accidents

Trampolining isn’t suitable for children under the age of six because they’re not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing.

Trampolining injuries can occur to all parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs face, and head. Head and neck injuries are the most serious injuries associated with trampolines.

The most common injuries are caused by awkward landings and include sprains or fractures to the wrist, forearm, elbow, and collarbone.

Adult supervision is no guarantee of safety. More than half of all trampoline accidents occur whilst under supervision. However, a trained ‘spotter’ can greatly reduce this risk.

Whatever your ability level, join a local trampolining club to learn new trampolining skills, ranging from the basics of landing safely to advanced moves such as somersaults.

26 reasons why every child should have a trampoline
Why are trampolines good for kids?

There are over 26 health benefits for kids jumping on a trampoline, including self-confidence, stimulation of the digestive system plus many others.

Is trampolining good for children with ADHD?

The ADHD Foundation suggests that bouncing can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which can affect behavior. It is also helpful in improving the quality of sleep for children.

What are the benefits of jumping on a trampoline?

Studies by NASA scientists show that rebounding is 68% more effective than jogging, and yet requires less effort! You can also develop both upper and lower body strength just as effectively as weight lifting – without the strain or threat of pulled or torn muscles. Rebounding has been shown to outperform swimming as an all-round exercise.

Last Updated on 2 November 2023 by Clare Brown

33 Comments

  1. Nice post!!There are many benefits of using trampoline like it’s essential for your heart health to get your blood pumping and flowing through your body efficiently. Thanks

  2. I used to love trampolining as a child, and the kids love it now. I need to get them into a trampolining club though to learn some more skills!

  3. We had a small trampoline as a kid but I’d love to get a big one for my girls to bounce on. I hadn’t realised it had so many benefits before so thank you for sharing.

  4. Completely agree, we also have a 10ft trampoline and have had one since my eldest was around 3 years old. It’s had so much use and my boys use it daily, especially in the summer.

  5. My mum’s next door neighbour has a huge trampoline in the garden for the kids and it looks like so much fun! I definitely want to get one for my daughter once she’s bigger. 🙂

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