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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Highland Games for Children

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
In ancient Ireland and Scotland this time of the year was celebrated by holding the Tailteann Games. A contest to celebrate the upcoming harvest. Some of the traditional activities at this time were:
  • Caber Toss
  • Stone Put
  • Highland Hammer Toss
  • Weight Throw
  • Weight over the Bar
  • Sheaf Toss
  • Music - Bagpipes of course being the instrument of choice
  • Dance
Now many of these activities may be beyond the skill set of your family. But you can always take some away and add some of your own activities and ideas. And then hold your own Highland Games. Some suggestions are:
  • Races - Sprints are probably the easiest
  • Push up or Pull up Contests
  • Storytelling
  • Riddle Contests
Of course this isn't a complete list but with a little imagination you can come up with some ideas to fool your children into exercising. Just remember that the point isn't to win but rather to have fun. For a in depth discussion of the first list of activities check out this Wikipedia article. And if you come up with any idea, feel free to post them in the comments.

Blessed Be!

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