Holding your own backyard Olympics? Try this safe and easy version of the javelin throw. All you need is an open space and a bunch of pool noodles. Who knows, you might discover the next Bruce Jenner!
AgeSchool-age, Tweens, Teens
Number of Players1, 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 10, 10 to 20
Team DivisionEvery man for himself (individual players)
CompetitivenessCompetitive (has winners and losers)
DifficultyEasy peasy (fun and simple)
Indoor or OutdoorOutdoors
Space NeededMedium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage), Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Mess FactorClean and tidy
Prep Time5 minutes or less
Game Time Length5 - 15 minutes
1. Mark the throwing line (the line that can not be crossed). You can use chalk, tape, a secured rope, small orange cone, or a shirt to designate this line.
2. Have kids make their own distance markers - for lawn areas take a wooden skewer and attach a strip of masking tape to make a flag. (cut a 5 inch piece of tape, lay it sticky side up on the table, lay your skewer directly in the middle of the tape, fold the tape sticky side to sticky side so that they ends meet. You have a simple flag. Let the kids write their names on the flag. Remind kids to be careful with the skewer, it does have a pointy end!). For indoors you can use pennies, small tent cards (a square of cardboard folded in half to make a little tent), or tape (just make sure it won't stick to the floor - you want something like blue painter's tape).
How to Play
1. The first player will take the pool noodle in hand and throw it as far as possible.
2. Players can run or walk to gain momentum before hurling the "Javelin," but they MAY NOT CROSS THE START LINE with even so much as a toe.
3. Crossing the line immediately disqualifies the throw and the player has to go again (no more than 2 attampts).
4. The length of the throw is measured from the start line to the front tip of the Javelin. In other words, the length of the Javelin is included in the distance.
5. Noodles that land horizontally are measured from the start line to the center of the noodle.
6. Record the distance and mark playing field with markers.
7. The person with the greatest distance, wins!
1. Allow a few practice rounds for kids to figure out the best way to throw the javelin.
2. Play for the best out of 3 throws.
3. Play in teams for the best combined distance.