Keeping children occupied during the summer holidays is no easy task for any parent. It’s hard to drag them away from those computer games and tablets. But, it’s important to encourage your children to be active during the holiday period. However, I understand that you may feel like this is a tough thing to do. But rest assured I have come up with a great idea to inspire your children to be active while keeping them occupied. Why not create a children’s sports day in your own back garden? Especially with the Olympics being in full swing at the moment. So without further ado, here’s how you can organise one yourself.
Think of the activities and make preparations
The first thing you need to decide would be the activities you want to include. This would all depend on the size of back garden you have to work with and the materials you have to hand. Some activities to include would be an egg and spoon race, sack race, relay race, and even a limbo competition. There’s plenty you could do; you could even invite your children’s friends round and make a play date out of it.
Make it educational
With the Olympics in full swing, it’s the perfect chance to make this activity a little educational. Each child could represent a nation. You could even make crafts by allowing the children to decorate their own outfits and costumes. This allows your children to learn about flags, national colours and even a little about the nation they may be representing. It enables you to make it much more than just about being active in the garden. It could be something that means spending the morning crafting and learning, and then spend the afternoon playing together. Take a look at https://www.rio2016.com for a list of countries taking part.
Have prizes on offer
It’s always a good thing to encourage a little competitiveness here and there, and sports is a perfect way to include it. You could even add the incentive of prizes for the winners of each event. You could get some great trophies and medals online from websites like www.trophiesplusmedals.co.uk.
Keep the festivities under control
It’s all well and good organising these things, but it’s no good if arguments are going to flare up or you are going to get stressed about it. Try and keep all the festivities under control. This is where having a play date with a few other parents to back you up can help. Make sure everyone plays fairly and you will be in for a great day.
Finally, this is where you get a chance to enjoy the school holidays yourself. Your children will be entertained. They will be enjoying themselves, being active and having fun. They are also learning. This is where you sit back with a nice cup of tea and give yourself a pat on the back for organising such a great activity.
I hope this inspires you to think outside of the box when it comes to keeping your children occupied this summer.