Teacher Talk: Sock Wrestling

Teacher Talk: Sock Wrestling

Explain to your child that play is to be kept within the ring to keep everyone safe. You also need to agree how to stop the wrestling match at any time, e.g. by using a clear command word such as ‘stop’. Explain the rules to your child – that the object of the game is to remove the other person’s socks.

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Try sock wrestling for a fun and physical challenge either indoors or outdoors. Trying to remove one another’s sock isn’t as easy as it sounds – it can be energetic and at times hilarious.

Things you will need:

• Soft items for marking out wrestling space, e.g. rolled-up towels, soft toys or cushions
• Socks
• A large carpeted or grassy space to wrestle safely in

How to do it:

Mark out the wrestling area. Explain to your child that play is to be kept within the ring to keep everyone safe. You also need to agree how to stop the wrestling match at any time, e.g. by using a clear command word such as ‘stop’. Explain the rules to your child – that the object of the game is to remove the other person’s socks. Wrestlers must try to stay on their knees and not stand up at any time. The winner is the first person to get the other person’s socks off. Sit opposite each other and put on your socks. Once ready, say: ‘On your marks, get set, go!’

What learning is occurring?

• Body control and problem-solving skills
• An understanding of how to play contact games safely without hurting themselves or others
• Taking turns, how to cheer on another competitor, and good sportsmanship

Tips:

• Sock wrestling can involve either: you and your child; or your child and a sibling or friend
• Your child might like to suggest the ‘stop’ word for the game – having your child engage in establishing the rules of the game means they are more likely to put them into practice


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