The launch of the 2014 Formula One season is upon us, and it's a good excuse as any to blog about F1 inspired games.
Make Your Own F1 Car Probably you should also involve the children, as they will get bored just watching you make it all on your own. Grab any cardboard, plastic, newspapers and other junk you have lying around, and spend a sunny afternoon creating your own racing car. It doesn't need to actually move, just the shell will provide the inspiration your children need for play.
Red Light, Green Light This is a great game to play with younger children to teach them to pay attention and follow instructions (well you can try and teach them that). Make up a paddle board, with one side painted green and the other painted red. The idea of the game is they need to run around until you say 'stop', and show the red side, then they must stay still until you say 'go' and show the green side. When they can do this comfortably, make the game more complicated by giving them another task to concentrate on. For example, during the 'go' phase they could be moving blocks from one side of the garden to the other, or transporting water. Because they are focusing on the task at hand, it is harder for them to tune into your instructions. This level of multi tasking is exactly what will be required of them in a classroom, so it's good to practice it at home.
Draw A Race Track Use chalk to draw out a race track on a quiet footpath or around your patio, to race around on scooters or go karts. Add tight turns, and extra challenges such as a pick up and drop off point.
Pit Crew Set up a garage area and bring bikes or go karts in for the once over. Teach your child how to check the toy over for maintenance and repair issues, then encourage them to give it a good wash down with damp clean cloth. Talk about the safety importance of checking the bike over and what they should do if they suspect there is a problem.
Time Trials If you don't want to risk igniting the flames of fierce sibling rivalry, you could run time trials against different modes of transport. Ask you children to make predictions about which will be quicker: running, the scooter, or their bike. Then time laps on each one to see if they were right.
Practice Pit Stops This is a great game for teaching safe bike / scooter use, and an appreciation of how long it can take to stop when travelling at speed. Using chalk, mark out a pit box. The aim of the game is to get from the start line to the pit box as quickly as possible, but the bike / scooter must stop cleanly in the box. Your children might be surprised to find how hard it is to stop when travelling at speed.
As the Spring approaches, stay tuned to the Wicken blog for more play ideas.