Sports Days with school are, on the whole, proving quite tricky and stressful for mine each year, they are just so outside the normal routine. However, I’m hoping we can have some fun this week having a few silly sports day competitions of our own – just us, in our garden.
I’m thinking egg & spoon race; biggest number of dolls & teddies that can be successfully pushed in a dolls pram or even a wheelbarrow over a certain distance; carrying water from one bucket to another – see who can transfer the most water in a set time; rolling a ball along the floor towards a target, see who gets their ball the closest; ‘balancing’along a skipping rope on the ground..who is the fastest or who can get the furthest without ‘falling off’…. nothing too serious, and I want to make sure there will be something for everyone to feel good at.
What would yours enjoy? What challenge would they be great at?
I have designed some medals to make together too, just print colour and cut out, then add some ribbon or wool onto the back with tape.
Competitions naturally give an opportunity to talk together about winning and losing, and all the feelings that come with them. I’m sure that losing or not winning a challenge isn’t easy at all for mine! It also gives an opportunity to praise different strengths and abilities, and a reminder we are all limited too.
- what does it feel like to be the winner?
- does it matter when we lose in a competition like this?
I want to introduce the idea that the story of Easter involves winning, but winning more than a competition, more like winning an important battle. A battle that we aren’t able to win at all. But Jesus could.
Read the visit to Harry’s house in ‘My Easter Egg Hunt’.
When Phoebe meets Harry, they talk together about what kind of battle Jesus fought for us and what it means to Harry that Jesus won.
Wonder together what it means for us…