A good old-fashioned game of TUG-OF-WAR can be played of course all year long but since flag football is still in the distant future for our family (although #3 could make an excellent linebacker right now because she has stellar lateral movement and her natural shoulder strength could intimidate any wideout), we took out the rope and gave it a try…
A few things:
- The kids could barely lift the heavy rope so if you have little ones, a skipping rope or even a scarf would probably do the trick.
- You may notice that I did not participate in the activity. Due to my current state of perpetual imbalance and overall joint dysfunction, I thought it would be safest (for everyone) if I just took the pictures.
- Basically, Ever-Patient tugged on the rope once with probably 10% of potential effort and they all came tumbling down.
- The kids found the whole activity hilarious and just loved the ‘falling down’ part.
- Ever-Patient’s dad, lovingly referred to as “Big Lolo” or “Lolo Sweetheart,” is smiling in the background although we really know that he is secretly freaking out at the low standard of safety this activity possesses. I presume his thoughts look something like this: “The kids will suffer from rope burn, fall down the hill behind them, pull a muscle, be mentally traumatized at the realization that they are just not as strong as they think they are…” and so on and so on.
- This is a perfect activity for a large family but can also be adapted for a small one – use a smaller rope and let the child win of course. Kids love it when adults over-exaggerate falling over and pretending they are seriously injured (at least our kids do).
- Apparently, according to Ever-Patient, tug of war is also a great exercise that works your abs, legs, blah, blah, blah.