There’s a lot of enthusiasm both in and out of school for school sports day. At school H is practising the skills for his races and as a Year 6 boy I think he’s been helping out with the reception class children too. He’s really got the hang of sack racing this year and is now beating me. I won a few sack races in my time at school and guides, but I’m a bit out of practice. Hopefully, though he’ll be able to perform well against his classmates next week.
We set out our own race course for the obstacle race with a range of different disciplines. This is really easy to do. We used some sports cones that we had in a football kit to lay out the markers for the start and end of the areas. The obstacles included things like stepping through a hula hoop and jumping over low obstacles. You can use whatever you have to hand. I can remember fondly back to childhood days when we would set up some really eccentric courses involving cardboard boxes and ladder slides (I’m not sure they’d fulfill today’s health and safety standards though).
Skipping is a great way to break up the race and it adds in a new skill which not all children get to practise these days. H has always struggled a bit with skipping, probably because unlike the girls he isn’t playing skipping games regularly in the playground. Adding an element of skill can help even up a race and those that are fast at running might not be so accurate at throwing. We added in a little target practice by setting a bean bag throwing challenge and we also got into the Wimbledon spirit with a tennis task (hitting the ball with the racket against the back wall of the house three times in a row). World cup fever was upon us too and a little dribbling of the ball through the cones added some extra fun.
For refreshment on our home sports day we went to Capri-Sun. It’s been the ideal choice in hot weather because it doesn’t need chilling and is always ready to drink. The new Capri-Sun Original range has 50% less sugar and nothing artificial like preservatives, colours or flavours and the sweetness comes from Stevia, a natural sweetener. The Capri-Sun packaging is lightweight and that makes it easy to carry when you are out and about. It’s flexible nature means it’s easy to pop an extra drink into the bag and in this hot weather that really pays off.
Disclosure: This post is in association with Capri-Sun.