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York School Sports Network Daily Challenges

Our lovely friends at the York School Sports Network who work in our schools and run the School Games tournaments that we enter are very kindly sending us daily challenges to keep the children doing their 60 minutes of recommended physical activity each day. These will be posted below.

Games Activity - Living Room Volleyball/Tennis

This one is a classic which is fun for everyone and involves keeping the balloon off the floor.


1. Practice keeping the balloon in the air for as long as possible using different body parts.

2. Keep the balloon up but use a different body part each time you hit the balloon.

3. Try to sit down and stand up in between each hit of the balloon.

4. Create a 'net' using cushions, furniture or similar and try to keep a rally going with another person for as long as possible.

5. Introduce scoring and make it a competition. A player gets a point every time the balloon touches the ground on their opponent's side. You could play first to 10, 15, 25 etc.

6. Variations - Tennis - each player hits balloon with plastic or paper plate. Football tennis - no hands allowed only head, feet knees etc.


See more balloon tennis activities with Andy Murray's mum Judy Murray in the link below:

Stay at home Challenge

Many of you may have seen videos of famous footballers doing the stay at home challenge involving performing keepie uppies and tricks using a toilet roll! If you haven't then watch below. Can you give it a go? Make sure you have a bit of space and there are no breakable objects around! Can you beat your record?

Target Game

  • 2 players
  • Place 3 targets in front of you (partner does the same). This could be anything you find at home e.g. cushions, washing baskets.
  • Each player takes it turns to throw an object (again anything you can find - teddies are good) at your partner's targets
  • Each time you hit one it is removed
  • First player to hit all targets wins


S.T.E.P changes

S - Move further away

T - Use your other hand to throw

E - Smaller targets or bigger targets

P - Add 4 more players and they have to run to 'home' to tag the next player in.


Wider learning - Put a calculation on the object the person is throwing. They have to answer before they can throw it. Ball pool type balls are great for this, but you could use a sharpie to write on sticks, balls of paper, plastic bottles.

Bingo Board

Why not create a bingo board of physical activities to cross off throughout the day. Here is a list of activities to get you started:

  • 6 laps of your garden
  • Dance to your favourite song
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Do 50 of something
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Go for a walk
  • Play catch
  • Create your own game
  • Play walking I Spy
  • Collect 10 of something
  • Make up your own dance
  • Perform 3 types of balances
  • Run a relay race
  • Throw an object onto a target
  • Perform 3 types of jump
  • Do 100 of something
  • 10 star jumps

Activity Snakes & Ladders

Activity Snakes & Ladders 1

Healthy Futures Monopoly

Healthy Futures Monopoly 1

Fitness Alphabet

Fitness Alphabet 1

Use the fitness alphabet however you wish but here are some ideas to start:

  • Spell out your first name
  • Spell out your surname
  • Spell out your best friend's name and your name
  • Do the entire alphabet!

Gymnastic Jigsaws

This challenge involves trying to complete a simple jigsaw puzzle, the twist being that you must do this whilst balancing on one leg! If you touch the ground with either your hand or your other foot then you must put the piece back or try again. Change legs during each attempt but only one point with the ground when picking up pieces. If you don't have a jigsaw then you could draw your own and cut it into pieces. You could time yourself how long it takes to complete it and try and beat your time.


2 player game - Each take turns as above. Score a point for every time you pick up a piece and successfully add it to the jigsaw.


Make it easier - allow two points of contact (one foot and one hand) when picking up and placing pieces.


Variations - You could play this with jenga/lego/duplo and build towers rather than jigsaws.


Mad Dash

  • Set up a start and finish line
  • Challenge yourself to think of 3 ways of getting from the start to the finish
  • Try out the different methods
  • What is the quickest way from the start to the finish?
  • What was the slowest way from the start to the finish?
  • Once you have experimented you can race. Use a handicap system for different age children. Older have to use slowest method and younger fastest.


STEP variations

S - Make the course a route through the house or the garden

T - Place obstacles or challenges on the track (dressing up is always a winner!)

E - Complete the course with an object e.g. balancing a book on your head

P - The Two Person Challenge - Piggy back, wheel barrow, always holding hands etc.