World's Craziest Sports
One of the coolest things about sports is that they don't have to be complicated to be fun. Think about it: While many of our favorite sports have grown more complex over time, most of them are based on super simple ideas, like getting a ball through a hoop, finding a way to move your team 100 yards down a field, or getting through a race course faster than anyone else. If you made up your own sport, how would it work? What would make it interesting, and maybe a little weird? Today, you'll get a chance to find out.
what you’ll need
- A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
- Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Various household objects
Ask About Today
What things do you have to think about when you make up your own sport? What did you learn?
What is one sport you could improve with a key change to its rules or scoring?
Skip the Ads
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Rules of the Game
Today you'll get a chance to invent your own sport—one that you can play even while practicing safe social distancing! Start by watching this short video about your challenge.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
Office Chair Polo and Other New Sports
Getting to make up your own rules might be the best thing about inventing a new sport. Take a look at some of the creative new sports being invented every day in this video.
How to Invent a Sport
Next, read through this article about inventing a new sport. As you read, start writing your ideas about the sport you want to create using the questions in the article to guide your thinking.
Looking for ideas? As you think about the sport you want to create, read about some of the more unusual sports for kids.
Create Your Sport!
All right, it's time to create your sport! Grab some paper and pencils or other drawing utensils and let's get to work.
To start, think about questions like:
- What's the name of the sport?
- Where is it played?
- Is it an individual sport or a team sport?
- How do you win?
- What are the rules?
Write down your answers along with other notes to help people understand your sport. Then, spend some time drawing what the field looks like, what equipment you need to use, and what the uniforms look like. Use your imagination and don't forget to leave room in the game for a little craziness.
Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email a photo or video to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
For younger explorers
Make Your Own Rules
This week, we have learned about a lot of sports. Write down the name of your favorite sport and the rules of the game. Don't like a rule in the game? Make up your own variation! How would you make your favorite sport even more fun?
There are lots of things to think about when you invent a game. To make the sport awesome, think about what sports you like and what you like about them, and what things about the sport you don't like that you want to change. Read through this guide to continue thinking about all of the components of inventing a sport.
The Invention of Basketball
It's strange to think of someone just sitting down and inventing a whole sport like basketball, but that's exactly what James Naismith did in 1891, when he wrote the sport’s 13 original rules as part of a class assignment in Springfield, Massachusetts. Read more about him in this article from History.com. Who knows—maybe the game you invent today will become a global sport like basketball in the future!
For younger explorers
The Man Who Invented Basketball
Swish! Read along with the story The Man Who Invented Basketball.
Gather your family and play your sport! If it's a game with social-distancing, then you can invite friends to play, too. Be sure to explain your rules and have a practice round first to make sure everyone understands how the game is played.
If your family can't join you right away, try out the game yourself. If it involves trying to score points, how hard is it to do? If you're using any special equipment, like a ball, frisbee, or stick, do they work the way you want them to? Use this time to test and improve your game and the rules.
Sports Training with Joe
We sure are going to miss PE Joe for keeping us in shape all summer. Let's get in at least one more workout with him while we have sports on our minds.
more to explore
Lessons from a Life of Hockey
Listen to a US hockey player tell about the life lessons he learned from sports.
Why Play Sports?
Kids tell kids why they should play sports.
Trampoline + Basketball = Slamball
What happens when you put trampolines on a basketball court? You get Slamball. It's a good example of how up and down the process of inventing a sport can be. Slamball actually got pretty far, even making it onto TV, before falling out of popularity again. Learn all about it in this video from Bleacher Report.