As you might know, my kids go to an all-outdoor nature school (you can listen to me talk about it in this KatySays "Nature School" podcast episode). Our non-profit outdoor school organization also offers summer camps of different themes, so I enrolled both my littles (2.5 and 4) in "Warrior Camp."
I'm one of those people who is always enthusiastic about new things and I'm a person who loves movement. I'm also someone who loves improving my survival skills, so IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT when the teacher started explaining a game using spears. Ok, not really spears, but bamboo sticks of different length (bought the 8' bamboo sticks at Home Depot and cut them into 3', 4', and 5' lengths), and hula hoops, of different sizes.
As August marks the last month of summer vacation (not you, Australia), I thought I'd ask the school if I could share this game and camp pics to give you at home a fun family movement/skill game, and in exchange, I'm going to put a link to the school below so you can, if find this game valuable, donate a few bucks to this non-profit organization. Kind of like paying a portion of a camp you attended for a few minutes, if only virtually.
Here's the game:
Have one person in charge of rolling a hoop in front of someone with a stick-spear. The larger the hoop, the easier it is, so I recommend starting everyone on a big hoop. (Pants are optional, naturally.)
You can make this more challenging by rolling the hoop faster (like a faster-moving animal) or you can switch to a smaller one, which increases the need for accuracy.
THEN, if you want to have a ton of fun, take it to the sky. (I made this part up, by cutting in line in front of a bunch of little kids at Warrior Camp, and begging the teacher to throw it up in the air for me.)
I forgot to say, you might also want to take burnt wood, add a bit of water, and mash it up into face paint.
I'm pretty sure face paint increases your accuracy.
And if you don't succeed at first,
you can always improvise,
and celebrate your other skills.
If you found today's post helpful, may I request a small donation to this local non-profit organization? They do great work, rekindling nature in kids and in the community! Want more? You can also find another kid/family game I posted a couple years ago here (click).