There are two kinds of children in this world; those that love P.E. lessons and those that hate P.E. lessons. Now every parent will at some point recognise whether their child is into sport or not and encourage the extra-curricular activities accordingly. But what about when they are at school? As the new terms start it's a good question to ask!
For teachers there is an emphasis on getting kids involved but how do you make the kids who aren’t interested in sports in general get excited or enthusiastic about it? We all remember that sports at primary and even junior school seemed fun and exciting but as the children get older there are so many other destractions!
A big part of children participating in things can be put down to if it interests them to begin with (unfortunately you can’t control that) but you can address the other issue of them being excluded. Exclusion is one of the key problems involved at school. Some children find it hard to participate often because they feel they are not included in the activities by other children. They also may feel that they don’t have the skills or ability that other children have. The idea of participating in sports and activities can be a scary prospect for those that feel that way and it really is an issue of self-confidence.
Start helping to build up their confidence as parents and as teachers. That becomes the foundation for their enthusiasm.
So where is the best place to start? You can do it one of two ways – indoors or outdoors.
Regardless of which you choose you can make it simple with ball games, something they can practice with. For instance, the tp Rebounder allows for a child to practice catching and target skills with an adjustable frame and net that can be set to different difficulty levels. It’s a great tool for practicing and building confidence with simple sports, catching, throwing, aiming etc.
To get kids practicing their footwork skills we recommend the tp Super Goal with Trainer. Its big enough for 10 year olds, but small enough for younger children to try out. It helps with target practice and can eventually be used as just a goal without the trainer attached.
There are many outdoor toys and indoor activities to help the less confident or able children build up confidence in their own abilities. It takes time and investment on the part of the adults but will help the child find something about sports and games at school to enjoy.
Remember, outdoor games should be enjoyed from childhood through to adulthood, so try and find things that your kids will always enjoy and learn from with Wicken Toys!