We’re now smack dab in the middle of summer! That means sports like baseball, soccer, track and field, tennis and more are in full swing!
One of the best parts about fun sports activities like these is that they give us an amazing opportunity to talk with little thinkers about fairness in games and sports. Since your kids’s mind is engaged in the game, it’s also poised to help grow!
Here are some great ways to take sports thinking to the next level:
Activity 1: Is this game fair?
1. Take a piece of paper and divide it in half.
2. Ask your child to explain the rules of his/her favourite summer sport, and write down these official rules on one side of the paper.
Activity 2: The Fairest Game of Them All!
Have your child invent their own sport or game, with the objective of making it the fairest sport/game ever. Record their suggestions any way your kid likes, whether that be drawing, writing, video, making models, instructional charts, posters, etc. This will make the activity a creative endeavour, and give them something to discuss later on.
Get a group of kids together and try it out. Follow this with a discussion of why this is a “fair” game, how it might change now that they’ve actually tried it out. Was it as fair as they thought?
As always, try to make asking big questions a playful endeavour.