Playing Sports with your child is a great way to not only have fun and be present in the moment, but also to get in shape! Here are a few tips for sports activities parents can do with kids which are easy to set up with items you already have at home. I have chosen field and track as my theme, but really you can do it with any sport. Introducing new sports activities is exciting for curious minds and who knows you may even ignite the spark for a future Olympian.
All you need is a good long open space in your hallway or backyard and a few pillows. Line up pillows on the ground spaced out approx. 6 ft apart (spacing depends on the size of your kids stride while running). To test their stride have them run the length and put down sticks to mark the center of their leaps…this is where you will lay the pillows. Here is the rhythm of hurdles….Run, run, run, leap, one, two, three, leap, one, two, three. As they get better, you can up the height of the hurdles. Now set it up for your leaps! Have fun timing each other. Here is a short instructional video on how to do hurdles.
Orange Shot Put
If you like competition, this is a fun outdoor activity to do with your kids and all you need is an orange. You can set up the throw line and the measured distances with chalk if you are doing it on cement or use sticks if you are on grass. Set up one line for the place from where the shot put orange will be thrown. Then measure three distances approx. 4 ft, 6 ft and 8 ft away. This is how you’ll see who throws the shot put the farthest. Now training time…the way to throw a shot put correctly is to stand back a few feet from the throwing line. 1) Grab the Orange fully palm it with your fingers wrapped around it. 2) Tuck the orange touching your neck with your elbow out to the side. 3) Turn sideways, leaning back on one foot. 4) Hop forward still with your body sidewise and trust your body forward to propel your energy forward. 5) Push the orange through the air while in motion at a 45 degree angle. 6) release the orange at the top of your reach, remember not to go over the throw line or you’ll “fault” (which means your throw will be disqualified). You did it! Now practice, practice, practice. Take turns throwing the orange and see who can throw it the farthest. Here is a video that shows it very clearly, check it out!
Celery Stick Relay Races
This works best if you can figure out a circular path that is unobstructed. Run around the house or even the living room; if you allow running in your house. I suggest doing a Slo-mo version of this game to start to get children to really understand how the hand off works. First, set up the hand off points one for each person who is participating including you. Have the first person hold the celery stalk near the bottom with the longer point facing the person they are running towards. Have the waiting person put out their hand behind them with their palm facing up and looking back over their shoulder. Once the runner with the celery is close have the waiting person start to run slowly. Have the celery person place the long end of the celery in the awaiting palm. The waiting person squeezes their hand shut, then the first runner releases the celery. The new celery holder runs as fast as he can towards the next awaiting participant and repeats the hand off. Check out this video to see how it is done. This video is a little loud but really demonstrates each step very clearly.
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