The Chinese Jump Rope
Two ropes. No broken bones.
Your clumsy kid is desperate to hang with the "cool" kids, but after emergency room visits courtesy of inline skates and his scooter, you're sure it's safer to teach him how to knit. Rather than subject him to the humiliation of showing up at the skate park with a crochet hook, teach him a rope trick that will earn him some street cred.
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OK, it's not Double Dutch, but Chinese jump roping is easy enough for the most awkward kid and obscure enough to be cool. If your kid can jump and shout—and you know he can—he's pretty much guaranteed success. Which means he can go from miserably ungraceful to rope-skipping master faster than you can say "out, in, on, side." Soon he'll have cool to spare—without broken bones to match.