Laughter fills the house, but what is going on here? Bella, Thomas, Alice and Aiden are in the middle of a family challenge. Let's take a closer look to see what's causing so much hilarity.
SPORTS GAMES AT HOME OR OUTDOORS
Parent against parent, child against child or parent against child, any sports challenge is possible. At home or outdoors, adapt the rules to your children's age and size and let your family spirits fly. An excellent way to do a bit of exercise and occupy children if leisure centres are not their cup of tea.It can also replace extracurricular activities, which may have been interrupted.
Here, Alice and Aiden are 9 and 10 years old but you can easily adapt the games for younger children.The first part of the afternoon is filled with duels of various kinds. Discover them below.
IDEAS OF GAME-TYPE SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Alice, Aiden, Bella and Thomas write the duels suggested below on bits of paper.They also write their names and everyone choses and writes a penalty for the losers, for example: “washing-up duty tonight” or “do a cartwheel in the garden”, etc. You can also write a reward, for example: “movie night for the whole family tonight!” Woohoo!
If you want to try this game out, draw up a small table to tally the points of the sports challenge winners. The duels are played in the style of "each man to himself"! (Add a diabolical laugh and rub your hands after this sentence for effect).
Equipment required: you'll need a very light football-type ball, big comic-style hardback books, cushions (those on the sofa will do the job), solid cups and a timer.
Pick out a challenge and a name: let the game begin! Please note, high standards and fair play required!
1- THE CHALLENGE THAT HOLDS UP THE WALL
The person who holds the chair position against the wall for the longest wins 5 points.
2- THE BLUE SPEED CHALLENGE
The person who brings back a blue object the fastest wins 1 point ( possible with all colours, suitable for children under 7 years old).
suitable for children under 7 years old).
3- THE R SPEED CHALLENGE
The person who brings back an object starting with the letter R wins 3 points ( possible with all letters, suitable for children aged 7 and over).
4- THE PINK FLAMINGO CHALLENGE
On a cushion, the person who stays standing on one foot with their eyes closed the longest wins 5 points (if it's too easy, ask them to make circular motions with their arms).
5- THE 99 BALLOONS CHALLENGE
Bounce the ball on your knees as many times as possible. The person who does the most bounces gets 3 points.
6- THE PAVING STONE CHALLENGE
Choose two big books. Place one on each head, the one who carries the book on their head the longest while walking around the house wins 3 points. If it's too easy, make a course ;).
7- THE CANDLE CHALLENGE
The person who holds the candle pose (shoulder stand) the longest is the winner.This involves lifting your legs and buttocks off the floor and rolling your weight onto your shoulders. Get 3 points if you win.
Now the family is warmed up, it's time to start the relay races.
Preferably outdoors, or in an unobstructed corridor of the house. Form two teams, find an object to use as a marker like a cushion or a water bottle and mark the distance so you can turn around at the right time.
You can even go further by creating a course with the garden or living room furniture… There are no limits to the imagination! Well, apart from safety and common sense of course. Need ideas?
1ST RACE: THE DUCK RACE
Start off in a crouched position with bum facing downwards! (all farm animals are possible with under 7s)
2ND RACE: THE SNAKE RACE
Crawl, making sure you really dirty those trousers!
3ND RACE: THE ELEPHANT RACE
(yes, you've got it, all animals are possible) Walk with your hands and legs straight and your bum in the air (you don't have to make the associated sound).
4TH RACE: THE AGE-OLD WHEELBARROW
Please note, I'm expecting well-formed and controlled wheelbarrows, no eating of grass or tiles...
5TH RACE: THE POTATO SACK RACE WITHOUT SACKS OR POTATOES
Because real sacks are not always easy to find and may be a little dangerous (let's be honest), we keep the same principle and jump with feet together.
6TH RACE: THE STATUE RACE
Children pretend to be very stiff statues and parents must carry them to a set place and come back to the starting line as fast as possible.
7TH RACE: THE BOOK RACE
The hardback books can be turned into obstacles, use them to make hurdle course by standing them up on their spines, or trickier still, laying them flat for more width. If you have a lot of books, you can make piles!
8TH RACE: THE FLOOR IS LAVA RACE
Each participant has two books. The aim of the game: to go to the marker and back without ever touching the ground. The person has to use the books on the floor to move as if the floor was a pool of boiling lava...
9TH RACE: THE CUP RACE
Place a cup on your elbow and add some obstacles, the aim being to do the course without dropping the cup (you can do the same with a cup on your foot).
10TH RACE: THE HOPPING RACE
A good old hopping race. (It's good to go back to basics sometimes.)