You can set up a simple curling game at home.
What you need
- Unwrapped bars of soap: These make great curling stones because they’ve got a nice weight to them and they slide well.
- Masking tape: Use tape to mark your “house” (the word for the target in curling) on a smooth floor surface such as linoleum or hardwood. Mark an outer circle 60cm in diameter, then an inner circle 30cm in diameter, and finally a bullseye 5cm in diameter in the middle.
Where to play
- The kitchen, the living room, a hallway; anywhere with hardwood or linoleum floors.
How to play
- Take turns sliding the bars of soap (your “stones”) along the floor. See if you can get them to stop in the centre of the target.
- You can also bump opponent “stones” out of the way or off the target.
- As you release your “stone”, make a slow lunge forward like a curler.
- Try using a broom and see if sweeping will make a “stone” travel further.
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Train their brains
Help kids train their brains for the strategic part of curling by playing games that develop another important muscle, their brains! Many board games help children develop sportsmanship and resilience, which are two key ingredients of great athletes.
For 5 and up
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