Daily activity 88: Summer Sports

July 22, 2020

This week’s theme:

The Mysteries of… Summer

This week’s colouring in sheet:

Download and print this week’s colouring sheet here.

Fact of the day:

The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world.

Resources list:

Balloons, string, paper plate, stick/pencil; Youtube; Strawberries and cream; Thick card, scissors, or wooden rolling pin, kitchen foil, toilet roll tubes; Watercolour paints, brushes, paint, salt; Ball, ribbon or scarf.

Activity 1:

Imagine you’re at Wimbledon and try a game of balloon tennis – keep the balloon up in the air, rallying it back and forth between you and a partner if you have somebody you could play with, or keep it up batting up in the air without dropping it for as long as you can, if playing solo. If you’re playing with a partner, you could tie a piece of string between the backs of two chairs to create the top of your net to pass the balloon across to each other. You could use your hand as a tennis racket, or make a racket from a paper plate with a stick or pencil taped to it for the handle.

Practice your forehand (batting with your palm facing your opponent) and backhand (batting with the back of your hand facing your opponent) tennis moves.

Try playing a game while listening to the Wimbledon theme music!

If you have them, finish your game off with a traditional bowl of Strawberries & Cream!

Activity 2:

Cricket is another sport traditionally played over Summer. Try playing a game – make yourself a cricket bat (from thick card cut into the shape of a cricket bat, or improvised from a wooden rolling pin), with a scrunched up kitchen foil or newspaper ball, and wickets made from toilet roll tubes, can you hit the ball and run lengths of your room before somebody topples your wickets?

Activity 3:

Listen to the cricket theme tune and join in with some simple percussion. You could then try some more advanced body percussion to try making some catchy beats of your own.

Activity 4:

Beach and sea sports are perfect for summer time. Test out your best swimming and surfing moves to this song.

There would be lots of salty seaspray on your surfboard. Try watercolour painting using salt and see what effects you can create, like this.

Activity 5:

Every 4 years, the Summer Olympics are held at a different city in the world. People compete in many different events – how many of the summer disciplines shown here can you act out?

One of the events is rhythmic gymnastics; the gymnasts perform choreographed movements with musical accompaniment using hand apparatus such as rope, hoop, ball, clubs and a ribbon. Can you dance with a ball or a piece of ribbon , (or a long scarf)?