If the recent Rio Olympics have inspired you to be a little more active, then now is the time to get on it! One way to get involved is to be a little more active with our little ones. A lot of children are returning to school at the moment. But there is still time to plan some activities outside before the autumn nights roll in. How about a mini-Olympics in the garden?
You don’t need to get too much equipment for it really. You will just need a few bits for the events that you choose. So before you plan anything else, it is a good idea to decide what you will do for the activities. Will it mostly be running races and some throwing events? Or perhaps you will include some specialist things that your children are into. If they do martial arts after school, or perhaps are in a tennis club, then you could include those elements to it. You could keep things a bit more ‘sports day’ if you needed to, though. You can’t go too far wrong with an egg and spoon race and a three-legged or sack race. If you need more people to take part, then you could always recruit more family or friends to come and take part. It could end up being an annual event if it is a hit!
Though you don’t need much equipment, it might be a fun touch to get some medals or trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. What is wrong with a little bit of being competitive, right? It is important for children to learn to be gracious in defeat. It can be a learning opportunity too. You can teach them about the things that could do to win next time. As well as what they can do to work on the skill or sport each day; a training plan if you like. You could be training up the next Usain Bolt. You never know!
So the day can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. You could all be assigned to a ‘country’ or even have an opening ceremony. It is entirely up to you. The most important thing is that you are all outside and being active. It is important to get our children taking part in sport and exercise from a young age. Hopefully, it will instill in them the desire to keep playing and being active as they get older.
With children, particularly those that are a little competitive, things could get a little out of hand. So setting out some ground rules are pretty important to start with. You don’t want there to be a lot of arguments if things aren’t laid out clearly. It can become stressful and not as fun if this is the case. So having clear rules on how the races will start and where they will end, for example, is really important. Hopefully, this has inspired you to get active with your kids and do something a little different, but still lots of fun.