A Sense of Adventure: World Records

April 5, 2021

This week’s theme:

A Sense of Adventure: World Records


This week’s colouring in sheet:

Download and print this week’s colouring sheet here.


Fact of the week:

Since 1955 record-breaking achievements have been noted by Guinness World Records; they list world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.


Activities for the week…


Activity 1

Look at the Guinness World Records website  – explore what the site/book is for, and what extraordinary or unusual records can you find.

The longest fingernails record always fascinated me. Measure your own finger nails with a ruler or tape measure to imagine just *how long* the record holder’s must be! The longest ever fingernails are… Little finger : 179.1 cm; Ring finger : 181.6 cm; Middle finger : 186.6 cm; Index finger : 164.5 cm; Thumb : 197.8 cm.

You can make a record out of practically anything – check out this amazing human mattress dominoes!! How much fun does that look!


Activity 2

Try setting your own purple records… bring your stop clocks, tape measures and make fancy score boards to record your record breakers!

How quickly can you say these tongue twisters correctly? How many times can you say them before you slip up?

This man holds the record for reciting Shakespeare the fastest. Pick a short phrase/lyrics to try saying quickly.

How quickly (and slowly) can you do this movement routine: raise your arms, wave, clap, pat your head, raise your arms, wave clap, pat your head. Try and break your own record!

Try setting a purple balancing record… What’s the *longest* time you can balance a book on your head for while properly dancing to Queen? Then, *how many* books can you balance on our head while doing this?

Try setting a Purple speed record… How fast can you dress up in the colours of the rainbow?

This boy holds the record for the fastest clapping – can you rival him? (Try using the settings ‘cog’ on YouTube to slow the video down to 0.25 to watch him in slow-motion)

What records can you come up with yourself to try out?


Activity 3

In her era, Viola Smith was known as ‘The Fastest Girl Drummer’. Watch her drumming here).

Try setting some fast (air, or pen) drumming records – think the Star Wars warm-up drumming x loads (see 4:53 minutes into the video here)!!

You could also try breaking some conducting records after watching the video. With your batons, try conducting yourself to make the highest sounds you can, and the lowest notes ever heard!


Activity 4

Draw round your feet – colour and decorate. Now measure heel to toe, how long your foot is. The World record for largest feet on a living person is held by Jeison Orlando Rodriguez Hernández, a 22 year old man from Venezuela; his right foot measures 40.55cm and his left foot measures 40.47cm. He needs specially-made large shoes that are made just for him. How much larger than your feet are Jeison’s feet?


Activity 5

How many (single) socks you put on one foot in 30 seconds? Challenge people you live with to try it out too!

Create and decorate a score board to write down your results.


Activity 6

Watch this video of Richard Fink holding longest vocal note ever (2 minutes 1 second). How long can you do this for/ make the same continuous sound for?


Activity 7

Watch this video of the most robots dancing simultaneously. Put on some robotic music and see if you can copy some of the robot’s moves to this music.


Activity 8

There used to be a Record Breakers TV show (listen to the theme tune, ‘Dedication’ from 1:05 here). Play imaginary instruments in time with the song.

What does the word ‘Dedication’ mean? Are there any of today’s challenges that you want to practice or try again and try to do better at?

Are there any things in your life that you want to commit more to, and dedicate to being better at? You don’t have to break records, you could just practice a bit more and impress yourself. It could be doing more of your own cooking, making art every day, doing more exercise, finishing that computer game, learning the alphabet, designing your own colouring page. Challenge yourself!


Activity 9

Create and decorate a Purple World Records certificate to give to yourself for completing any of any of the above challenges.



Why not take a photo of any of the activities you’ve tried this week and share it with us? You can share it on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter or send it to melanie@purplepatcharts.org and we’ll put it online for you!