Hold a family sports day
Why not turn your garden or a section of the local park into your very own sporting arena?
This is great for children’s personal, social and emotional development. Providing a range of small and large equipment enables young children to develop their gross and fine motor skills. Involving children in fun with their friends and family helps to build their own well-being and self-esteem.
Before you get started on the activities, get creative in holding an opening ceremony! You can make masks or headdresses and even make up a fun and easy dance routine to get into the carnival spirit before starting the competitions.
Egg and spoon race
No sports day would be complete without this classic race. If you’re short on preparation time, you can use a small potato instead of a boiled egg.
Take turns to throw a welly as far as you can. After each turn, a family member should place a marker with the person’s name on it where the welly landed. When everyone has had a turn, compare the markers to see who has thrown the welly the furthest. They win!
You don’t need any fancy equipment to build an obstacle course, just a bit of imagination. These are some of our favourites:
- A picnic or coffee table for crawling under
- An old duvet cover open both ends to create a tunnel to wriggle through
- A pile of hats out half way which have to be balanced on heads for the rest of the race.
- A zigzag of hula hoops to step through
Remember, anything goes as long as it’s safe!
Using string or even shaving foam, mark out a race track on the grass, and maybe even tie a ribbon at the finish line. As well as running races, you could hold three-legged races, wheelbarrow races or even sack races if you can find some hessian sacks.
Once everyone has had a go, you can hold a medal ceremony where everyone gets a homemade medal for participating!