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Summer Staycation Challenges

Tuck in Tuck out challenge

Active Notts Football activity pack

naughts and crosses

Follow the colour brick road

Active Phonics

Balloon games

  • Personal challenge – A range of Keepie Uppie challenges using hands, heads, knees, feet and / or a combination of them all.

  • Paired / team challenge – As with the personal challenge but with pairs / teams.  Balloons cannot touch the floor.  Try a challenging groups to achieve a set number of contacts, a set time or to travel a set distance

  • Balloon races – Balance the balloon on your nose or on a tennis racket or try waddling like a penguin with the balloon between your legs.  See how far each player can travel without dropping the balloon or set a distance to travel and see who can get their and back in the quickest time.

  • Pass it on – Experiment with balloon pass relay challenges.  The over under challenge is the most common of these but you can also try the sitting swivel where players have to use their feet the pass the balloon.  Throwing or racket versions are also good.

  • Balloon sports – Pretty much any sport can be played using a balloon but some lend themselves to it better than others.  Bench ball, volleyball, seated volleyball, crab football and balloon hockey are all worth a go.  Make the team numbers and rules up as you go along.  It’s really just for fun so no need to take it too seriously.  

Star jump challenge


Team Building Activities


Line up please – A simple sorting game that gets the group talking. Participants must line up in the order stated. E.g., Height order, by shoe size, by month of birth, alphabetically by last name. If you want to guarantee space place throw down spots on the floor for people to stand on.


All together now – Requires approx. 4 participants and a long stick (Broom handle / meter ruler). The group begin by holding the stick using just one finger each. Starting with the stick at chest height the group need to raise the stick above their heads, lower it to ground level and manoeuvre around a series of obstacles while all keeping contact with the stick. All participants must remain in contact with the stick at all times and if the stick drops the group must start again.

Learn to juggle

Step up challenge

Fitness bingo



Active story telling

Alphabet exercises

Activities to try based around the game of rounders

Personal Challenge Activities

  • Safe Hands -  An individual throwing and catching activity.  Participants throw the ball straight up into the air and have to catch it as it comes down.   Challenge players to see how many then can do without dropping the ball.  Practice dominant hand throw and double hand catch, then throw and single hand catch.  Finally try catching with the non-dominant hand.  Encourage the more-able to generate greater height or movement.

  • Easy up, Keep up – A great activity for practicing hand eye co-ordination.  Practice a controlled tap using a rounder’s bat.  Pupils need to use gentle taps to maintain control of the ball.  Set challenges, such as: How many can you do without dropping the ball? Can you complete x amount? how many can you do in 1 minute?  For anyone struggling replace the rounder’s bat with a tennis racket or flat bat.

  • Drills

  • 3 Ball Round the Clock – 4 players space out in a diamond shape, with a 5th player in the centre. 3 of the 4 outside players start with a ball.  One of the outside players throws their ball to the player in the middle who then passes the ball to the player who started without the ball.  The game continues with all balls passing through the player in the centre.  A great game for developing communication skills.  Task the middle player with calling out names so they know where balls are coming from and going to.  Move players closer together or further apart to make the challenge easier or harder.  Challenge teams to see how many passes they can make without a dropped ball or how many successful passes they can make in a set amount of time.

  • Beat the Ball -  4 players minimum. This game requires a fielder on each base, a backstop (who starts with the ball) and a runner stood in the batting square.  On the leader’s command, the runner starts to run and aims to achieve a full rounder before the fielding team can pass the ball from the backstop around each base.   Individuals score one 1 point for getting all the way around before the ball and ½ a point if they make it past second base without getting caught.  The game can be played individually or as a team game.   Encourage runners to run wide by setting out cones or a second set of posts to help players keep their distance.

Daily fitness challenges