Scissor jumps: Land with your left foot forward, jump, then switch to your right foot forward
Cross jumps: Land with your legs crossed like an X, then jump and land with legs apart, jump again and cross legs again.
Switch jumps: Land on just your left foot, jump, then switch and land on your right foot.
Double under: Jump really high and swing the rope very fast so that it goes under your feet twice before landing.
Great for beginners: One person holds the jump rope on the ground and slithers it along the ground while the other person attempts to jump over the rope without landing on it.
One person stands in the middle of a circle holding the rope while others stand several feet away. The person holding the jump rope turns around in circles with the rope a few inches off the ground. The other players stay in one spot and jump over the rope as it rotates and comes to them.
While 2 friends turn the jump rope, one player in the middle jumps 10 times while holding a plastic cup of water.
Take turns to see who is able to keep the most water in your cups.
Make an obstacle course and have a jump rope at the end. Racers must jump a certain number of times before finishing the course.
Two jumpers use one rope to jump together. Both jumpers hold one end of the jump rope and turn it together and jump side by side.
Lay the jump rope on the ground in a straight (or curved) line and have players balance as they walk the tight-rope, heel-to-toe for the length of the rope.
Skip the alphabet:
Jump the rope saying the letters of the alphabet out loud with each jump. Can you get through the entire alphabet?
Variations could also be: Spelling a word, counting, days of the week, months of the year, etc.