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When the trampoline is finally in your garden, you want to jump as quickly as possible and try out all possible stunts! 

The best thing is not to pull off the most difficult tricks right away, but to practice with some basic jumps first. 

Trampoline Games & Tricks - The Best Games for Little and Big Kids

You will soon get the hang of it and then nothing is more fun to show your friends what daring tricks you are capable of on a trampoline. 

Moreover, jumping on a trampoline is very good for you, but safety comes first!

When learning tricks it is important that you are alone on the trampoline, but make sure that an adult is nearby in case something happens. 

Finally, we really recommend a trampoline safety net to prevent falls.

Some flexibility is of course a requirement, so let's start with trampoline first games for everyone.

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Games you can play on the trampoline

In addition to learning cool tricks on the trampoline, it is also super fun to play games on it with your friends!

Do you want to have a lot of fun while jumping? Then follow my trampoline game tips:

What am I?

Depicting something while jumping is not very easy!

Still, you should make an effort to convey to your friends, in as few jumps as possible, what you mean.

The one with the least number of jumps wins in this game!

It is wise to agree on a theme, otherwise guessing can take a very long time…

Throw over

Throw a ball over while jumping with someone standing next to the trampoline.

From the trampoline you can dive on the ball and smash it at your friend from a high jump!

The safety net can be a nice obstacle, just like in volleyball.

Water balloon jump

It's always fun to get started with water balloons on a hot day!

Throw them on the trampoline for a change, it's wonderfully refreshing when they snap.

The craziest jumper

Take on a jumping challenge with your parents or friends. Who makes the craziest jump? 

You can also go for the highest jump or the most elegant jump!

Dodgeball on the trampoline 

This creates hilarious scenes; do you jump just to the side, or over the ball?

In trampoline dodgeball there is one player on the trampoline and a number of players around the trampoline.

The latter try to hit the player on the trampoline with a light, plastic ball.

When the player on the trampoline is hit, the one who hit him can take that spot! 

Playing tag 

You can also play that on the trampoline, but the larger the trampoline is, the more fun it will be.

This game is often played in trampoline parks, where there are many jumping mats next to each other.

Build a tent on the trampoline 

With some sheets, blankets or tablecloths, you're done in no time! Add a few pillows and you have a summer chill or place to stay for you and your friends!

Trampoline Twister

Do you have Twister at home? Then use the twister sail on your trampoline (or draw it with chalk) and start the game as usual.

Can you complete an assignment without falling over and screaming?

Who stays the longest?

All players sit cross-legged on the trampoline, hands in their laps.

The jumper stands on the trampoline and has to try to knock over the seated players with his jumps.

The player who stays there the longest wins.

Nice trampoline tricks for beginners and advanced

Let's move on to how to do the coolest tricks on the trampoline (safely)!

Trampoline tricks for beginners and young children

Sit and stand jump

The best beginner trick is learning the 'Sit and Stand Jump'; you land on your buttocks in a sitting position, after which you immediately spring back into a standing position.

In the sitting position, make sure your legs are straight and your back is straight, and you push the jumping mat away with both hands. 

Knee and stand jump

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A similar trick is the 'Knee and stand jump', where it is important to let your knees land on the trampoline at the right angle.

Your back must be vertical and you may use the arms. You may also use knee pads.

Knees to chest jump

The Knees to Chest Jump is a great (and usually easy for kids) trick.

You stand up and jump up with your arms, jump a few times to get higher and bring your knees to your chest, touching your shins. 

Star jump

Can you make the 'Star Jump'? Do a high jump with your arms overhead and your legs apart.

Jump and bend your legs to a 90-degree angle. Try to touch your knees or shins. 

Also read: Trampoline Age Ranges From Toddler To Teen | Everything You Want To Know

Trampoline tricks for advanced players 

Have you mastered these tricks by now? Then it's time to move on to the super impressive!

The basic trampoline tricks may become a bit boring for you and you are ready for more challenge.

So I think you're excited about my three trampoline tricks below!

Handstand transfer

To practice the "Handstand Overlap," start with a handstand on the trampoline, "sticking" your feet together.

Once you've mastered the handstand, move on to the handstand.

Jump

The 'Salto' is a world famous jump, but certainly one of the more difficult jumps.

It's about jumping high and pulling your knees up high before making the turn. You first practice with a somersault.

Then you make a somersault while barely touching the trampoline.

Then you try to go higher and higher. You can also try a 'Backflip' afterwards. 

Backdrop

The 'Backdrop' is a nice trick, you lie on your back and try – also with the help of your hands – to bounce a bit.

Make the bounce more powerful and roll yourself up well, with your head bent towards your knees.

You can then also 'backdrop' yourself from the standing position, and then end up standing.

In the videos below you can already take a look at how to get the best trampoline perform tricks.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.