Champions in Your Home

In keeping with current events, how about having some Olympic fun with your family?

Try out our Opposite Olympics activity that will send your kids on a search and find mission indoors or out!

You could also host your own Beanbag Race

What You’ll Need

A large sock for each child (in different colors, if possible) •

Dried beans

Elastic bands

Sticks or stones

Help your children fill the socks with dried beans. Try to give each child a sock of a different color than the others. Tightly close the socks with rubber bands. Then head outside to a grassy, fairly flat grassy area with the beanbags. Make a start line with a long stickand have your kids stand behind it. On the count of three, have your children toss their beanbags as far as they can in front of them. After the bags have landed, have your children race to collect them and return to the start line.

The first child to cross the start line wins. Race again as often as your kids want. If they like, have them forgo the race and just have fun tossing and retrieving the beanbags as described below.

Baby

A beanbag will delight your baby’s senses. Rub the sock up and down his body and along his cheek, letting the beans massage him. If he can grasp objects, give him the beanbag and let him strengthen his finger muscles as he feels the beans.

If your baby is beginning to show signs of standing and walking, he can “run” the beanbag race, too! Help him toss his beanbag, then support him under his arms while he tries to walk and collect it.

Toddler

Because your toddler is learning to hold and release objects, it may be easier for her to toss her beanbag upward than forward. Encourage her to throw it as many times as needed to get it to a designated spot a short distance from the start line.

Preschooler

Tossing beanbags will strengthen your preschooler’s large motor skills. Encourage him to throw his beanbag overhand, underhand, and backward over his shoulder. Can he think of other ways to toss it? Which way tosses the bag the farthest?

School-Age Child

Your school-age child can track his beanbag tosses by marking where each attempt lands with a stick or small stone. Encourage him to beat his best toss.

For a more physical challenge, tell him to hop to retrieve his beanbag and skip back to the start line. His siblings may try to mimic his actions.

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