Olympic ideas you can do with your kids in school or at home
Olympic Ideas you Can Dowith Your Kids in School or at Home
Here’s an idea for a few events you can try, either at home or at the park:
Discus – use a FrisbeeHammer throw – put a tennis balldown an old odd sockShot put – use a cricket ball orsimilar, or even a large rock
Running races – adults have to behandicapped to make it fair, or trytime trials where you have to run yourage times 10 metres. Ditto cycleraces.Long jump – sandpit optional
High jump - putting a lightweight stickthat doesn’t hurt when hit between twokitchen chairs. Don’t forget to get out amattress to land on (that’s half the fun!)Gymnastics: go to the park to use thejungle gym for bars, or do floor eventsin the living room – don’t forget themusic!
Weightlifting – use actual free weightsif you’ve got them or improvise with tincans in shopping bags. This counts asa Montessori-style sensory experience,as it introduces the concepts of heavy,heavier and heaviest. You can start byranking the things to be lifted in orderfrom lightest to heaviest to reinforcethis one.
Equestrian: use hobby horses, play atbeing a horse or ride the adults in thefamily.Shooting – use water pistols aimed attargets painted on cardboard, or try toshoot out candle flames.
Gracious behaviour and good manners are important in Montessori learning, and part of graciousness is being a good sport.
This can be something that you candiscuss with your children as you watchvarious events. Is that particular athlete being a bit of a show-off?
Was he/she a good loser if they didn’tget a medal (or got the silver after just missing out on the gold)? You might have to watch your own behaviour here, especially if you are getting particularly enthusiastic
as what your children see you doing and what they hear you saying in an excited and unguarded moment willprobably have more influence on them than what you say when you’re trying to teach them an important concept.
Of course, winning and losing depends on a number of mathematical andphysical concepts, some of which your child is still in the process of grasping through Montessori sensory materials.
Don’t forget to use the important words when talking about what you’rewatching – things like “faster”, “higher”, “heavier”, “longer” and so forth.
The Olympics, after all, are a very large exercise in ranking and sorting things into order using a mathematical concept, so make the most of this learning opportunity.