Whilst you may not have the capacity to set up a fully fledged Olympics-style sports course in your home or garden, there’s lots of activities you can do using very little equipment. From a few toy shop investments, to just adapting bits and bobs from your home, there’s sure to be a way to set up your very own sports day events without straying further than your back garden.
Whether you look towards the likes of Kiddi Caru Activities for suggestions, or get a little bit inventive on your own, your child is guaranteed to be filled with excitement when you announce the start of the events.
To point you in the right direction, we’ve pulled together some of the most popular, and easy to construct, sports day activities. Read on to find out more.
The Egg and Spoon Race
There are two ways to approach this event. The first is a classic and will more than likely not even require a trip to the shop – simply grab an egg and a spoon, and you’re good to go. We recommend hard boiling the egg first to avoid the yolk coming out if dropped. However, if you’re wanting a less messy experience, search online for a plastic egg and spoon set, as this will minimise potential breakages and clean up.
The Beanbag Balance
This one will most likely require a purchase, as we doubt you have a set of beanbags hanging around. Once you have them, construct a small course for your child to follow and instruct them to balance a beanbag on their head. For a higher skill set or age range, you can include more obstacles along the way, or if you’ve got the weather for it, perhaps throw buckets of water into their path. If ever there was a time for payback for all those sleepless nights, it’s now!
The Sack Race
Another classic sports day event, the sack race is a must. Depending on the age and size of your child, this can be a relatively costless activity. For those eager little ones, an old pillow case should do the trick. For slightly older and bigger children, you may even be able to reuse a Santa sack. If there’s nothing lying around the house that can be repurposed, then there’s plenty of cheap sacks online that are specifically designed for a race.
Once you’ve got all the equipment in order, it’s time for the race! You and your child can either go all in, and put both legs in the sack, jumping along to the finish line. Or, there’s always the three-legged option. Both are great and guaranteed to have you laughing by the end of the event.
Perhaps one of the simpler sports day options, the tug-of-war is a cheap and easy event to organise in your back garden. Get yourself a length of rope and tie something coloured in the middle. Draw a line on the ground, or lay something down as an equivalent, and whoever gets the colourful tie past that line will be the winner.