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Virtual Kids Club: Winter 2021

Activity

Go the Distance!

The Challenge: Can you plan, track, and break your own records right from the comfort of your own home?


Materials and Equipment   

  • paper or notebook
  • pen or pencil
  • jump rope
  • hula hoop
  • cardboard tubes
  • clothing (socks, t-shirts, etc.)
  • books
  • building blocks
  • toilet paper rolls
  • chalk
  • board games
  • dominoes
  • playing cards
  • yourself!

Procedure

Start your own book of records! Instead of competing against other people, set a challenge for yourself, and see if you are able to beat your own record.

  • Use a notebook and pencil to keep track of your ideas and your challenge attempts.
  • For this challenge the sky is the limit! You can try to challenge yourself to a skill you've always wanted to learn, or to improve something you already do regularly.
  • Get creative and see what things you already have around the house to use for your record breaking challenges.
  • Give your challenges different time requirements to mix things up. You can start with 5 minutes, 1 minutes, or 30 seconds.

 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Dexterity challenges

  • Most socks you can put on one foot in 30 seconds.

  • Most t-shirts you can put on in 1 minute.

  • Most toilet paper rolls balanced on top of your head in 30 seconds.

  • Greatest distance you can walk with a book balanced on your head without it falling off.

 

Building challenges

  • Tallest toilet paper tower you can construct in 30 seconds.

  • Most dominoes you can stack in 1 minute.

  • Tallest house of cards you can build with playing cards.

  • Tallest stable tower constructed out of building blocks in 5 minutes.

 

Stamina challenges

  • Most jumps while jump roping for 1 minute.

  • Most rotations while hula hooping for 1 minute.

  • Longest time you are able to stand on just one foot.

  • Most number of times you can complete a hopscotch grid and run back to the start in 1 minute.

 

Brain challenges

  • Most books you can read in a week.

  • Longest you can go without an error in a typing game such as Keyboard Jump.

  • Most state capitals (or states, presidents, countries, etc.) you can name without error.

  • Longest word you can make in a word game (e.g. Bananagrams, Boggle, Scrabble).


Questions to Think About Afterwards

  • What was your favorite challenge that you created?
  • Which challenges did you get improve your record on? Why?
  • What other challenges or contests have you participated in before?
  • Which of your challenges would you compete against a friend or family member? Why?

Booklist

Go for gold with a good book from our booklist for elementary school students.

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