The Hungarian Grand Prix is only a few days away, and with no less than four Brits lining up on the grid, it’s clear we’ve become a nation of motorsport lovers.
If you’ve got a budding Button at home, here’s some ideas to help them hone their karting skills.
Time Trial Maths Work-Out
Set up a simple circuit at home, and do time trials. Record how long each lap takes, then depending on the age and ability of your child, play around with the numbers.
Younger children can spot which laps were the fastest and slowest, and may be able to order all the laps inbetween.
Older children can calculate the differences between lap times, and the more advanced junior statisticians could even work out the average lap time.
As all the great racers know, the quickest route between two points is always a straight line, but what about three points, or four points?
Set some markers out in your garden, and ask your little driver to map out a few different routes, then time trial each one to see which is the quickest.
Not only is this great exercise, but helps develop problem solving skills too.
Simon Goes Karting
Do you remember that electronic game Simon, where the aim of the game is to remember the longest sequence of lights? It’s fun, and frustrating, but did you know that game also helps develop your memory skills.
For this game you will need to set out a circuit with a number of task points on it, such as:
- Pick up soft toy
- Wash the go-kart
- Tyre change
- Buy some shopping.
Play the game by asking your child to complete a task on their first lap. On the second lap, ask them to complete that task again, plus one other. Then for each lap, continue like that, adding a new task to the existing sequence.
This game is great for developing auditory memory and short term serial recall.
The Obstacle Course
Take half a dozen or so plastic buckets, and place them upside down around the course, leaving enough space for the go kart to pass either side. Put a tennis ball on top of each bucket.
Your junior driver needs to get around the track as quickly as possible without knocking any balls off. Add a penalty for each missed obstacle.
For more advanced, and patient racers, add a reversing challenge.
Negotiating obstacles helps develop spatial awareness, and learning to steer while driving backwards is an especially tricky skill to master.
Here at Wicken we stock a range of Kettler go karts to suit children from as young as 3 years, right through to 12 years old, so if your kart is looking a little on the small side, or maybe your child is yet to have their first set of wheels, head on over to see the range.