A fun time doing sports is something that most kids look forward to. Children love to be active, and sports are a perfect way to help them with this. Luckily, there is a wide variety of sports activities that your child can choose from, and that could be of great help for your little one to learn more about this topic. In these activities to learn about sports, your child will have the chance to practice some fun games to help him or her know more about this exciting world!
1. DIY Javelin Throw. Javelin throw is a sporting event that goes back to the Ancient Olympic Games. Then, it was part of the pentathlon. However, there’s no need for you to organize something as complicated to enjoy this fun activity! You can make your own javelin throw game at home. You’ll need some easy to find materials: disposable tongue depressors, markers, colored scotch tape or sidewalk chalk. Next, you need to decide on a place to play. This game requires an open space, so you can play it in the biggest room in your house or in your local park. This javelin throw game consists of throwing the javelin (a tongue depressor in this case), and seeing how far it goes. To do this, you will need to put some marks on the floor, this will help you see how far the javelin goes. First, put a mark that will be the throwing point. You can mark it with colored scotch tape or with chalk, depending on where you are. Then, put another marking one feet ahead, then another one also one feet ahead, and so on until you have ten marks. So the first one will be one point, the second will be two points, and so on, until the last one that will be ten points. The player has to stand on the throwing point and throw the javelin as hard as he or she can. Then, according to the marking where it lands, the player will count how many points he or she got. The player who gets more points wins. If your child is older, you can try increasing the length between the markings, or even add some more. If you have several players, you can identify the javelins by having each player decorate their javelin Now, let the Olympic Games begin!
2. Alphabet Basketball. This game is for the youngest of the house, since even children as young as 2 years old can play it. You will need two buckets, a permanent marker of your favorite color, and one white small ball for each letter of the alphabet. Write a letter of the alphabet in English in each ball using a permanent marker. Then, put all the balls inside a bucket. Place the other bucket on the side of the room. The objective of the game is to place each ball in the empty bucket. To play, ask your child to pick up a ball and then read the letter. When your child says the letter, then ask your little one to place the ball in the other bucket. If you want to spice up the game, have your child do some activity while placing the ball like hopping, running, or dancing. You can even try to throw the ball and see if it enters the bucket. Make sure to revise each letter of the alphabet and practice their pronunciation in English.
3. Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunts are so much fun! In these activities, the players must guide themselves with a map to find a hidden item. You can add your own twist to this and turn it into a fun activity for the whole family. Play this in your local park or in your own garden, if you have space. First, pick an item to hide, and make the clues to find them. Pick some specific landmarks of the place you’re playing at (a tree, a bench, a fountain) to hide your clues to find the hidden item. The clues can be sport related phrases in English, so your little ones can practice vocabulary while playing. You will need to create some simple maps to help your players find the landmarks of your choosing where you have located your clues. The first player or team that finds the hidden treasure, win!