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Susan is a stay-at-home mom of two hyperactive kids, Leah and Jimmy. As a big believer in a healthy lifestyle, she is constantly looking for ways to maximize their backyard for activities involving family and friends. Read more about Susan here.

Trampoline Games

Get Your Bounce On:

12 Fun Trampoline Games


Turn your backyard into a place of fun and games with a trampoline! Games are great way to organize play and activities when entertaining a crowd or hosting a party.

There is a huge variety of games that can be played on a trampoline, such as the following:

1. playing crack the egg trampoline game

Playing the Crack-the-Egg game on the trampoline can be a lot of fun, but it is also pretty challenging.

Depending on how many people are playing, one or more people will be designated as the “egg” in the middle of the trampoline.

You can keep score to see who “pops” or “cracks” the egg the least number of times.

2. 1 2 3 sit and jump on trampoline

Playing "One, Two, Three, Sit!" on the trampoline is a great way to have some fun.

It can be a bit tricky at first, but you'll get the hang of it. Make sure you are careful not to fall off the trampoline, and be sure to stay safe.

3. Bum war game

When playing this game, make sure to have plenty of space to bounce around.

Bum war game is a lot more fun when there are more players, but it can be played with just two people. 

The objective of the game is to be the last one standing by jumping on your feet and landing on your bum. Have fun and good luck!

4. Play with poison balls on trampoline

Playing the poison balls game on the trampoline is a lot of fun. You will need as many balls as you can find for this activity.

Add them to the trampoline and start jumping. Here's the catch though...the balls are "poison" and you have to try and avoid them.

When a ball touches you, you're out. The last person standing wins!

5. hot potato trampoline game

Playing the hot potato game on a trampoline is a lot of fun! All you need is a soft ball and someone to be "it" and throw the ball at the other players.

The object of the game is to catch the ball and not let it hit you. If you drop the ball or get hit by it, you are out.

Keep playing until there is only one player left. It's a lot of fun to play this game on a trampoline because you can jump high and catch the ball.

6. Trampoline water hose springkler

When the weather is hot, there's nothing better than playing Water Hose Springkler on the trampoline. This game is a lot of fun and you will definitely get wet!

You'll need a hose or a sprinkler to play this game. One person can spray everyone with the hose or you can put a sprinkler under or next to the trampoline (depending upon what type of sprinkler you use).

It's best to play this game on a trampoline with a net, as it can be a little slippery. You might want to look at the trampoline brands to see whether any of them have a big trampoline that can accommodate a group of kids playing this game.

7. jumping And spell H-O-R-S-E

This game is a great way to improve your trampoline skills, and it's also a lot of fun to play with friends. So grab a trampoline and some friends, and start playing HORSE!

8. slithering snake game on-ground trampoline

Playing the slithering snake game on the trampoline is a lot of fun. It can be a bit tricky to jump over the slithering snake, but it's definitely worth trying! The best part is that anyone can play this game - it's perfect for all ages.

9. Kids drawing chalk on trampoline

When you're bouncing on the trampoline, why not have a little fun by drawing with chalk? This is a great way to keep active and entertained at the same time.

You can come up with your own games, or follow the examples in this article. either way, you're sure to have a good time!

10. Simon say game on trampoline

Playing Simon Say on the trampoline is great for a workout and for having fun.

One person is on the outside of the trampoline, and they shout out different instructions for the people inside to perform.

For example, Simon might say "jump high" and the people inside will jump as high as they can.

Or, when Simon says "jump on one leg", they will have to jump on one leg. It's a great game for kids to kill time and have fun.

11. Water balloon trampoline game

Playing Water Balloon games on the trampoline is so much fun. It is really wet and messy, so please be careful.

You will need an entire bucket of water balloons for this game.

Everyone can take a turn jumping in the trampoline while the others stand on the outside trying to hit them with the balloons.

It is really funny to watch the balloons pop and explode as they bounce.

This game is ideal for a ten-year-old's outdoor birthday celebration, let's have some fun!

12. playing Telephone game on trampoline

Playing telephone on trampoline is a lot of fun. It's a great way to get your heart rate up and have some laughs with your friends.

You need to be quick on your feet and have good reflexes to keep up with the sequence of tricks.

It can be a little bit challenging, but that's what makes it so much fun.

Conclusion

There are so many fun trampoline games that you can play with your friends.

Whether you're looking for a challenging game or something that will make you laugh, there is definitely a game out there for you. So grab your friends and get bouncing!

How to Put a Trampoline Together?

How to Put a Trampoline Together? - Safe Set up in no time


Making a purchase for the entire family to enjoy can be a wonderful way to reconnect in the modern world, but not all gifts of this nature are easy to assemble.

Trampolines do have their own set of requirements but following instructions precisely will help make it a dream come true. (1)

How Long Does It Take to Put a Trampoline Together?

Many people might hesitate to purchase a trampoline because they think it takes at least a day to assemble, but it can take as little as two hours with the right tools. It can take as little as half an hour for the small inside trampolines sold today.

daddy and children building up a trampoline in the yard

For those who are still a bit skittish about a large outdoor project, having the right tools on hand and getting some help can cut the time down considerably. It only takes a bit of thought to make sure everything is in place before starting, and it will be up and in use before you know it.


What Tools Do You Need for Assembling a Trampoline?

Putting any large item together might be daunting, so knowing exactly what tools you need helps make those worries disappear. The ease of assembly means only a few tools are needed, so none of them need to be power tools. It only takes a Phillips screwdriver, a puller and a mallet to assemble your new outdoor entertainment area.

a man using tools to bring trampoline items together

Some people will prefer using hand tools, and they will get the job done in a timely fashion. It will take longer using a screwdriver, and it might take more effort to ensure each screw is in place tightly. This is a safety factor that should not be ignored, and the assembly manual will emphasize its importance.

For those who want to cut their assembly time and use their power tools as part their latest project, an electric drill with a Phillips attachment works quite well.

While we do not necessarily recommend using power tools if you do not possess them already, it will cut the assembly time greatly. It can also increase the safety factor by ensuring all screws are in tightly.

holding puller to stretch out trampoline springs safely

The puller is for stretching out the springs, and it can be as simple as a piece of strong rope with knots in the end for gripping. There are spring puller tools on the market, but it could be an unnecessary expense to purchase one.

The mallet is the one piece of equipment without an alternative, but most people should be able to get one for a reasonable price.


How to Assemble a Trampoline - Step by Step 

Good organization is a primary key to assembling your trampoline correctly, so the steps below are helpful in keeping everything straight.

Preparing for Assembly

Before doing anything else, read the instructions that come with the package. Before taking any pieces out of the box make sure every step is thoroughly understood. It might seem like a waste of time, but each brand has its own specific instructions.

preparing trampoline parts on the ground to put up together

The instructions should also have a parts list which will be useful when checking to ensure everything has been included, and it should be ready for checking off items as the box is emptied.

Taking the box and instructions to the area where the trampoline will be set up, begin laying out the circle or square parts for the frame and the legs. Keep the bolts or screws in their plastic wrapping until they are needed. Once everything is laid out, take a walk around and make sure all necessary parts are where they need to be.

Assembly Steps

  • Step 1: Start with the Frame and Legs 

Begin screwing together the frame piece by piece, and then attach the legs. Make sure each screw or bolt is tight. This is a safety factor, and it should be the most important part of the process. Loose screws or bolts can come out of their housing when the trampoline is in use, and it could cause severe injury.

  • Step 2: Time for Springs and Pads 

Once the frame and legs are attached, it is time to hang the springs and attach the pad to them. Unfortunately, the easy part of assembly is pretty much over. The first half of this step will be relatively easy as the springs will not need to be pulled into place opposite springs already holding the pad. This is where a good pulling tool is essential, and the mallet will complete the job.

Each spring must be hooked into the frame and the pad, and the springs will need to be stretched. Once they are over the ring where they will hook to the frame, simply use the mallet to tap them into place. Having a helper use the puller on the springs while you tap in with the mallet is where you can cut down the most time in assembly.

  • Step 3:  Now for Covering the Springs

This is a good way to keep users safe from scratches, and most modern kits include them. Simply place the cover over the springs and make sure it covers each of them. Some kits will have ties to keep it in place, but others will have Velcro.

No matter what securing method is used, make sure each one is tied or fastened securely to keep injuries from occurring while also protecting the springs from the damage of weather.


Attaching a Safety Net

There are still some trampoline packages that come without a safety net to go around the structure, but they can be purchased separately at a small cost. These are an essential piece of safety equipment because they can keep people from falling off an elevated trampoline and hitting the ground. For those who choose to install them, the process is relatively straightforward and fast.

a man checking the safety net of trampoline

The net sits around and above the trampoline, and it has its own frame. This should be assembled first, and then it gets attached to the frame of the trampoline. The net is then hooked into the frame and the fun of jumping can begin safely.

How to Do a Back Handspring on a Trampoline?

How to Do a Back Handspring on a Trampoline - Without Being Scared


Before attempting to do a back handspring on a trampoline, it is important to know what a back handspring is, how to execute it properly and the link between the trampoline and overall form required to perfect the technique.

Practice is as important as body alignment and awareness of placement of the limbs during execution. Most gymnastic instructors begin with the basic placement of the head and limbs before the actual execution of a back handspring. Misalignment of the head limbs affects backward propulsion and also revolution of the body.

What are Back Handsprings? 

In essence, a back handspring propels the human body backward with the aid of hands that help revolve the body to an erect forward facing position.

a gymnast doing perfect back handspring movement

The word "handspring" is a clue to the most important part of a back handspring's technique. Back handsprings are generally part of gymnastic floor exercises or performed on gymnastic equipment like a trampoline, balance beam, uneven parallel bars or pummel horse. How well a back handspring is performed depends on the skill and ability of the performer. (1)

The Steps to Do a Successful Back Handspring 

In order to execute a successful back handspring is it necessary to dissect each part of the motion involved in performing it. A body in motion is referred to as kinesiology.

A handspring is a handstand that propels the body forward or backward. So, to execute a handspring, learn how to find your balance point while in a handstand.

a girl practicing handstand on the beautiful beach

To find your balance point in a handstand or handspring, stand in front of a mirror and draw an imaginary line from the top of your head to your feet.

Then, use the imaginary line whenever you need to balance in handstands or any other type of floor exercise such as a front or back walkover, roundoff, cartwheel or tinsika.

You will find it not only helps maintain body balance but helps avoid motion sickness for those who are sensitive to revolving or backward motion.

Next, take the time to warm up muscles and bones before you begin any form of exercise. For back handsprings, warm up should include deep knee bends keeping the spine straight, swinging arms and legs forward and back and making a circular motion right to left and left to right with the head.

Try using your newly acquired balance point by standing on one leg while swinging the opposite leg and then reverse.

If your legs still feel tight, try sitting on the floor with legs straddled and stretch from the waist over the right leg and then the left while you reach with your fingers to touch your toes. This can be done with knees slightly bent or as the legs feel more flexible, with knees locked.

Learn Your Handsprings Safely 

Gymnastic and acrobatic dance instructors teach forward handsprings first. This helps students to understand the basic form and motion as well as use of limbs.

instructor teaching a baby girl to move back handspring safely

Instructors use a safety mat, "spotters" and a belt with two ropes on either side which is held by spotters to prevent an accident and also to help the student develop a sense of handspring motion.

Some gym instructors use an aerial belt located over a safety mat with two spotters who follow the student as the aerial belt helps them propel themselves forward or backward.

Moving to the Trampoline 

A trampoline by its very nature has strong fabric secured by springs attached to a frame. The frame is usually covered in padding to protect users.

Note that trampolines are sold in different shapes. Some are long, rectangular beds while others may be octagonal or round. It is also important to know the actual size, so you have an idea of how much room you have to do a series of aerial tricks.

children playing on trampolines outdoor

Trampoline users should first assess the amount of buoyancy their particular trampoline has before attempting any acrobatic tricks on it. This also helps to accustom the user to the levels of height they can achieve by simply springing up and down on a trampoline.

If you've ever had your elementary school teacher show you how to perform forward and backward rolls on a floor mat, you might want to try these before you graduate to forward or back handsprings, tucks and layouts. Do these crouching type rolls without bouncing on the trampoline at first and then try them with a few jumps.

Moving to the Back Handspring on a Trampoline

To get the idea of tackling the first back handspring on a trampoline, keep in mind that you need a certain level of height in order to get your body to propel and revolve backward in this dual motion.

Keep your arms close to your body and then swing them downward and upward overhead close to your ears as you bend your knees while you gain height with each jump on the trampoline. Practice this until you feel you can thrust your body backward.

little girl doing a nicely back handsrping on trampoline

Once you are able to thrust your body backward using the force of the motion of your arms, you need to keep your body well aligned in midair for balance and your hands ready to meet the trampoline's floor.

Ideally, you want your landing to be with your knees bent so you can quickly recover to perform the next back handspring successfully.

Success at Last

Once you achieve the first successful back handspring, you might want to create serial tricks such as back handspring to forward handspring. These are quite spectacular to see performed. It assumes you are proficient at forward and back handsprings.

You can also try a single handed or aerial back handspring if you are confident in your technique.

Single handed back handsprings require only one hand to perform. That indicates that you can thrust your body backward with only one hand for propulsion and revolution.

An aerial back handspring requires no hands to complete. However, given that a trampoline acts as a major source of height, aerials are fairly easy to accomplish with practice.

More Fun with Jumping Tricks

To really impress yourself and others, try "doubles" back handspring routines with a partner. This is where achieving skill with single handed back hand springs is helpful. When working with a partner, back handsprings also teach reliance on precision movements and timing for each partner.

Additional solo tricks with back handsprings on a trampoline include adding a false roundoff before the back handspring is executed. It requires two short, preliminary steps forward and then a fast back handspring.

Nothing is as impressive as a well performed series of tricks on a trampoline. As you perfect your back handspring technique, create a series of coordinating tricks. These include:

  • With an aerial tinsika
  • With a back tuck 
  • With a layout
  • With a front tuck finished with a layout

Trampoline with No Age Barriers

If you can bend your knees, you can soar on a trampoline. The motion of the trampoline is similar to the buoyancy experienced when doing swimming pool exercise.

Note that children and adults can perform back handsprings more easily on a trampoline than they can as part of floor exercise. The trampoline is actually an aid to achieving a successful back handspring as well as numerous other acrobatic tricks.

A Fun Hobby

Trampoline use is a lot fun, but it can also be a hobby to share with family and friends. Try offering trampoline challenges to see who can create the most interesting trampoline tricks and routines. This is one way to make the most use of a backyard trampoline rather than sporadic use.

Trampolinists find their trampoline is excellent for maintaining good heart health and physical exercise. Children from four to ten years old can start to use a trampoline that is less than 14 feet in size to learn on or choose a mini trampoline that is about ten to twelve inches in height.

What Are Trampolines Made Of?

What Are Trampolines Made Of?


As you might be aware, trampolines are amazing, highly addictive recreational tools known for their soft surfaces which allow for smooth and easy bouncing.

While most people use trampolines when looking to relax and have a good time, not many know how the recreational device works.

To help improve your understanding of trampolines and how they are designed to bounce with so much ease, we will be analyzing the main parts, and the roles played by each part. (1)

Unlike bouncing castles which are ideally meant for children, trampolines give both adults and children the opportunity to jump high and land softly without any worry in the world.

Having a good understanding of the trampoline, its various parts and how it works will come in handy either when looking to make a purchase or when in need of making replacements.

The Main Components Of A Trampoline

Although trampolines might appear easy to make due to their simple design, their quality and durability rely heavily on the quality of components used.

A trampoline has four main parts which include springs, frame, jumping mat and safety pads. Read on as we delve deeper into the four components.

The Jumping Mat 

Mostly made from polypropylene or nylon material, the jumping mat makes an important part of the trampoline as it accommodates the user's weight when jumping and landing.

Contrary to popular belief, the mat is not responsible for the bouncing effect; in fact, all it does is to create a sturdy and strong enough landing area. 

a girl bouncing happily in garden

The jumping mat is usually tied to the frame to allow the user to bounce up and down without the risk of falling down. For large scale use, it is advisable to invest in a fairly large mat made from well-knit nylon or polyethylene fibers.

When it comes to trampolines, always ensure that you select strong jumping mats as they go a long way in determining the durability of your recreational device. 

Since the fun in trampolines emanates from jumping regularly on the surface, it is crucial to use soft and smooth jumping material to prevent injury.

Luckily, once cut out into the right size, the polypropylene fabric is usually interlocked thermally to make it even smoother thus ensuring that your children or even adult friends can jump for hours without sustaining injuries.

Springs

It goes without saying that springs are among the most important parts of a trampoline. In case you are not aware, it is the springs which allow you to bounce up and down the trampoline.

a man pulling springs to build up trampoline

High-quality trampolines usually have several springs strategically located between the frame and the mat. However, instead of using springs, some springless brands rely on elastic bands which, despite producing a similar bouncing effect, are usually less durable as they tend to lose their elasticity over time.

For enhanced strength and durability, trampoline springs are made from rust-resistant steel that is usually galvanized. The rust-resistant steel enhances the durability and usability of the trampoline since it can be left outside without having to worry about rain or humid conditions.

close up view of upper side

In case you are looking to make spring replacements, it is advisable to go for springs with long coils as they allow for greater recoil unlike short coil springs.

Other factors that determine the efficiency of the trampoline springs are such as size, quantity and shape. When it comes to shape, settling for tapered springs is recommended since they provide users with increased lateral stability when on the trampoline.

Always go for trampolines with a large number of long, tapered springs as they will create an enjoyable, long-lasting bouncing effect.

The Frame

Similar to springs, the frame is made from galvanized steel which helps to prevent rust. The rust-resistant steel allows for the use of the trampoline during rain or humid conditions.

proper frame linked to springs and mat

Without a proper frame, chances are that your trampoline will always disappoint you, especially when supporting several users. The frame allows for the strategic suspension of springs to create a smooth, bouncy surface. 

The frame is usually meant to outlast the jumping mat and the springs. As such, it is advisable to check on the frame regularly to ensure that the support remains firm and ready for use.

To maintain your frame well, be sure to always inspect the ground surface to confirm the stands are well positioned and in good shape.

Safety Pads 

The importance of safety pads to a trampoline cannot be overstated, especially due to their role in preventing trampoline-related injury. The pads are usually placed on the frame as well as on the springs. To enhance their efficiency in preventing injuries, the safety pads use plush-foam filled vinyl covers.

view from underneath the mat

The foam usually comes in different densities depending on the type, use and manufactures of a trampoline. The whole idea of safety pads is to soften the impact when landing and allow for smooth jumping and landing within the trampoline surface.

High density pads are always preferred when dealing with trampolines that have strong sturdy frames meant for large scale use. Although safety pads are not considered as must-haves when it comes to trampolines, it is advisable to invest in high density foams that will guarantee safety during use, especially in the event of landing on the frame or springs. 

creative capture of a boy enjoying trampoline

Safety nets are also used to make trampolines safer, more so when dealing with users such as children who can easily land outside the mat. Safety nets are usually made of polyester, polypropylene or polyethylene.

However, due to their superior density and withstanding power, polyethylene safety nets are mostly preferred.


How Trampolines Are Made?

Interestingly, the construction of trampolines usually starts from the frame. A manufacturer will need to select the best frame material depending on the intended trampoline design.

Once the galvanized steel has been obtained, manufacturers proceed to bend the steel into arcs. Afterward, spring holes are usually punched strategically around the frame.

Once the holes have been created, the manufacturer then proceeds to welding sockets. The sockets allow for the perfect fit between the trampoline`s frame and legs. The sockets and legs need to interlock properly for the trampoline to have a strong, sturdy frame. 

The next step involves cutting fabric into the desired shape and sewing it onto the web strapping. Once cut, the fabric is then laid and sewn onto the web strapping.

children playing with trampoline on the beach

The web strapping helps to reinforce the strength of the jumping mat, making the trampoline safe and strong enough for use. D-rings are finally added to enhance stability and compactness of the jumping mat. 

Finally, straps and vinyl covers are also sewn on the safety pads in a bid to increase the trampoline's overall stability and safety. The foam density is usually dependent on the intended use of the trampolines. 

Normally, manufacturers prefer using higher density foams for trampolines with tougher frames; this ensures that, in the event of landing on the springs or the frame, users can remain safe and free from injury.


What Is The Best Surface For A Trampoline?

Jumping Mat

As mentioned earlier, a good trampoline surface should be soft and flexible enough to allow for regular, low or high-intensity jumps. Due to this, it is important to select jumping mats that are made of polypropylene or nylon material. Polypropylene and nylon material are known to stretch, and offer good resistance to pressure. 

nice move of a boy on trampoline

When selecting jumping mat material, be sure to avoid using latex since they are neither stable nor safe, especially for long term use. Put simply, latex surfaces can produce irregular bounces which can lead to injury in case users bounce off the trampoline surface.

Trampoline Frames

If you want to purchase a long lasting trampoline that won’t disappoint, then it is advisable to avoid products made of aluminum material. Always go for galvanized steel frames as they are durable and strong enough to support different weights. A galvanized surface plays a pivotal role in keeping your trampoline strong as new, and free from rust.

excited kids together inside safe net

Therefore, it is safe to assert that the best material for trampoline frames is galvanized steel. You can never go wrong with stainless steel as it prevents your trampoline from wearing out prematurely. However, to keep your frame in good shape, you should cultivate a habit of inspecting the base area and top parts of your frame regularly.


More About Springfree Trampolines

As you might be aware, springfree trampolines have been gaining popularity over the years, more so due to their safety-enhancing features. Springfree trampolines have a unique design that eliminates the need for safety pads and springs. 

a big trampoline in front of the window

Both the mat rods and nets of spring-free trampolines are made from composite material which increases their ability to withstand hours of non-stop action. However, similar to other products in the market, the spring-free trampolines use a galvanized steel frame to enhance stability and durability.


Conclusion

As revealed in our discussion, trampolines comprise of four main parts which include springs, jumping mats, safety pads and the frame. All the parts are uniquely designed to make the trampoline extra safe for use.

When selecting frame material, it is advisable to go for galvanized stainless steel as it will help to keep your trampoline strong and study during and after use. 

To get the value for your money, you must be extra careful when selecting the material of your jumping mat. The best mats are made of polypropylene or nylon material as they are flexible enough to stretch and maintain a high-level of tension. 

beautiful pose of a baby girl bumping up

Therefore, now that you know more about the trampoline and its main parts, you should be well placed to make the best decision when it comes to purchasing or making replacements.

Remember, a good trampoline is not determined by size or shape but by the quality of its main components. As such, be sure to always counter check on the quality of materials used in making trampoline frames, jumping mats and even springs.