Monday, 12 July 2010

Homeschool Fun Sports Day

A week ago our small homeschooling group (5 families, 18 children) held our first Fun Sports Day.  Due to the age range of children the games were more co-operative than competitive and for anyone interested in running one here are the basics of what we did:
We chose a public park where the ground was reasonably level and which was mainly unused during school hours.  We had a picnic first (allowing me time to start setting the games up!).  We played 8 games, taking a break after the 6th game for the children to have a drink and for me to set up the last two games.  I ordered some 'prizes' from crafts4christians who I have found very reliable, and I made some basic certificates on Word.

Games

Atom game (no equipment needed)
Children run around, leader calls out a number e.g. 2, 4 and children have to get into groups of that number.


Through the hoop (1 or 2 hula hoops)
Children hold hands in a circle. Leader introduces a hula hopp over the hands of two children and then each child has to climb through hoop with co-operation of others.  Use a further hula hoop between two other children if the circle is sufficiently large.  Adults may neeed to hold the hula hoops still to help the children.


Keep out of the water! Birthday order (2 ropes or a bench or suitable log per team)
Children stand randomly in a line between two parallel ropes/on bench/on suitable log. Children have to re-arrange themselves into order of birthdays, Jan-Dec without stepping outside ropes (and into the pretend water!).

Keep out of the water! Alphabetical order (2 ropes or a bench or suitable log per team)
Children stand randomly in a line between two parallel ropes/on bench/on suitable log. Children have to re-arrange themselves into alphabetical order of first names, A-Z without stepping outside ropes (and into the pretend water!).

Hula hoop shoes (1 hula hoop per team)
Children stand one behind the other and behind a line/mark on the ground. One at a time each child runs to the hula hoop and takes off one shoe, then hops back. Next child repeats. When all children have taken off one shoe they repeat to collect shoe.

Over/under ball pass (1 football sized ball per team)
Children stand in a line one behind the other and pass the ball overhead backwards from front to back, when it reaches the back that child comes to the front. Repeat until back in original order and then start again passing backwards between legs.


Obstacle race (1 ropes, 1 hula hoops, 3 beanbags, 1 buckets, enough balls for one per child, 1 hat - all per team)
One at a time children zigzag alongside a rope, climb though a hula hoop, throw 3 beanbags into a bucket, collect a hat  (first person in team only) and a ball and return to next child who must wear hat whilst completing the course and bring it back for next child to collect (like a baton) etc.

Water chain (Water, 2 buckets, 3 cups - all per team)
Children stand in a line, spaced out to a little more than arm’s length. A bucket of water is at one end and an empty bucket is at the other end. Children have 3 beakers to pass the water from the full to the empty bucket, passing from hand to hand and remaining in order.

More sacrifices ...

9 days ago we bought a 10 week old labradoodle puppy and named her Honey and she immediately changed not only our family life but our homeschooling life.  Her presence has already meant a lot of sacrifices for us all and although Dh and I can bear this with a modicum of grace, the children are a bit more forthright and vocal about the changes they don't like!  They were both desperate to get a puppy and now they are in for some serious character training in sacrifice and selflessness!