|On your marks, get set...|
With the influence of the fantastic 2012 Olympics, policy seems to be reverting the other way, with competitive team sports at least being made compulsory in schools.
|Zac loving his first school sports day.|
|Round the bamboo and back.|
We have a little "mound" in our garden which I persuaded Martin to make when the boys were very small. It looks a bit nuts but otherwise the garden is pretty much flat which is quite limiting- nothing to roll, bike, sledge down and not much to hide behind.
|False start ducks!|
|Something to jump off.|
|Something to crawl through|
|Something to climb over.|
And if there's only one of them, or they don't compete without world war III ensuing, then a race against a stop-watch is equally fun. How long does it take you to........? Can you do it even faster next time? They will push themselves to beat their own record, and keep going with the same challenge for that much longer which is great exercise.
This was a popular activity with Danny when Zac had started at school full time and Dan was still a part-time preschooler. I was once counting seconds for Danny to see how fast he could zoom on his like-a-bike down the path at the rec and back. After about 5 trips there and back I forgot to count.
Danny, "Mummy! I can't hear you counting!"
Me, "Sorry Danz, I was just thinking how grown-up you look on your bike and I forgot to count."
Danny, "Grrrr mummy. Now I have to do it again, and this time NO THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING!"
|Setting out the start line for a family race round the holiday house!|
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