Happy Last Day of June! Summer 2015 proceeds apace, and the Fourth of July makes haste to snap, crackle, and pop itself over the land. BUT WHAT IF IT RAINS? Never fear, fun indoor Olympic Sports await you below. First, here are the answers to last week’s State Scramble:
1. OHIO, 2. MAINE, 3. NEVADA, 4. FLORIDA, 5. MARYLAND, 6. LOUISIANA, 7. CALIFORNIA, 8. CONNECTICUT, 9. PENNSYLVANIA, 10. MASSACHUSETTS Not too hard for you Geography Geniuses, I hope! But if the pencil and paper games posts of the last few weeks are too easy, dull and boring for your restless crowd? — On to the Mini Olympic events: Today we have BASKETBALL and BALANCE BEAM:
MINI OLYMPIC BASKETBALL
Don’t cry over your wet basketball court! Hustle inside and find a coin and one of your pretty patriotic red, white, and blue paper cups and you’ll be all set for fun. I’ve tried this myself and found it very hard, so use any of the suggested rules to make it fun for all ages: ADULTS should play on a table. Place your fist on the table and set the cup at what looks like a fair distance. Put a coin on your thumbnail and flip it into the cup. YOUR FIST CANNOT LEAVE THE TABLE WHILE YOU’RE SHOOTING. This takes some practice, at least for an all-thumbs athlete like me. It’s easiest if you jam your thumbnail into the side of your forefinger to provide leverage. Then snap your thumb up and watch your coin go sailing every which way but toward the basket! You may have to do some warmups before your competition arrives, but feel free to modify your grip by tipping your fist forward, or move the basket to an easy position and distance–just don’t lift your fist up off the table.
KIDS can also try it this way. After all, the future of the NBA or WNBA is out there somewhere, and it may just be at your Fourth of July Party! If it’s too hard, just let the kids put the cup on the floor and try lobbing the coin in from wherever they decide to stand–FUN IS THE OBJECT, REMEMBER. Once they’re really good at it, suggest they take a giant step backwards and start a new game.
POINTS: Each player gets 10 shots at the basket, with one point for each basket in 10 tries.
Here’s the next event:
MINI OLYMPIC BALANCE BEAM
For this game, you need a regular hexagonal pencil–that’s the kind that some smart inventor (probably a teacher beyond the fringe) put six sides on, so 35 pencils wouldn’t keep rolling off the desks and driving her/him crazy. You also need a pile of coins of different sizes.
Now, rest the pencil on one of its sides on a flat surface. Players take turns balancing the coins on top of each other in any order until the stack falls over.
POINTS: One point for each coin in the stack before it topples. Fun, right? I hope so, after all it’s a party! But if these aren’t exciting enough:
POSTING LATER THIS WEEK: Mini Olympic Javelin, Weightlifting, and High Diving!