Sports day for Sophie at preschool

Last week, Sophie took part in her first (and last) sports day at preschool. She missed out on sports day last year as it clashed with one of Jessica’s hospital appointments. This year, she was very excited about taking part in sports day.


Sophie standing holding her egg and spoon at her preschool sports day - "Sports day for Sophie at preschool"


It was a very warm morning. Thankfully there was a bit of a breeze across the school field where sports day was being held. I’d learned from previous experience at preschool sports days and made sure I brought a fold-up chair with me. Much more comfortable than having to stand and watch, or sitting on the grass!


Sophie standing by the finish line


Sophie was in the first group of children for the running race. They hadn’t quite grasped that they needed to wait for their teacher to blow the whistle before starting. Most of the children (Sophie included) started a little too early. Sophie was the first across the finish line before she realised that she needed to go back to the start! I think she got confused by having to restart the race though. It took her a few seconds after the teacher blew the whistle to grasp that she needed to run the race again. This time, she ended up finishing last.


Sophie taking part in the running race


The egg and spoon race was next. This time Sophie managed to start properly. She managed to make it to the finish line without dropping her egg (holding on to it with the other hand helped there!) and was first across the line. I loved the way she did a little victory dance at the end and jumped up and down with glee when she realised she’d won the race.


Sophie holding her egg and spoon and crossing the finish line first


Next up was the obstacle race where the children had to crawl through a pop-up tunnel. While the breeze was very pleasant for everyone watching, it did make this race a little more challenging as the tunnels kept being blown further down the field! Sophie didn’t manage to win this time, but she wasn’t last either.


Sophie crawling through the tunnel on the obstacle race


The final race was the “bin bag” race as Sophie kept calling it where the children had to balance a bean bag on their heads. I think all of them ended up just holding the bean bag in place though! Once again, Sophie was the first to cross the finish line and made me laugh with her little victory dance.


The last event was the tug of war. Sophie’s team managed to win their heat easily – mostly I think because the other team hadn’t quite worked out what they needed to do!


Sophie pulling on the rope in the tug of war


After all the events had finished, the children all enjoyed an ice lolly before being given their medals.


Sophie with her medal at the end of her sports day


Watching Sophie taking part in sports day brought back so many memories of watching Jessica’s preschool sports days. Jessica never managed to win any of her races. She always finished a long way behind her friends but for her, the joy of it really was in just taking part. I was so glad that this was also the case for Sophie. It was lovely to see Sophie win some of her races, and I adored her little victory dance, but that smile on her face was just as big whatever her finishing position.


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  1. July 10, 2018 / 10:58 am

    It’s very nice to see the joy of a child from winning 🙂 I love these moments in my life!

  2. July 14, 2018 / 2:06 am

    Way to go, Sophie! Looks like she had a fantastic time. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      July 16, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you Keitha, she certainly did 🙂

  3. July 14, 2018 / 2:44 am

    What a little runner! The joy of taking part is the main thing. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      July 16, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      It certainly is – I was so glad that Sophie enjoyed it just as much wherever she came in the race 🙂

  4. July 14, 2018 / 6:46 am

    of the fun events, they have really made it a great day for the sporty and not so sporty. You capture the joy on Sophie’s face so well. She looks as though she loved the day which is just how it should be, though it’s always a bonus to win a race or two as well. The medals are a lovely touch.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Louise
      July 16, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      It was so much fun and it was lovely to see how much all the children enjoyed it.

  5. July 14, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Love these growing up moments! My son’s last primary sports’ day was this month 🙁

    • Louise
      July 16, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Aww the end of an era for you! It is lovely to watch them take part in sports day.

  6. July 17, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I am glad to hear that both the girls have had so much joy from their sports days. It does look a good one with lots of variety.

    • Louise
      July 20, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Thank you Joy, it was lovely to see how much Sophie enjoyed taking part this year.

  7. July 17, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Awww. What a lovely sports day. Looks like she had lots of fun! #countrykids

    • Louise
      July 20, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Thank you, she certainly did 🙂

  8. July 18, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Awww bless her. My girls have yet to start preschool I wonder whether they will have a sports day too. #CountryKids

    • Louise
      July 20, 2018 / 8:55 am

      It’s probably quite likely they will at some point 🙂

  9. July 18, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    Awww she looks cool in her blue attire. I vividly remember my son’s sports day as I am sweating buckets because its too hot hehe.


    • Louise
      July 20, 2018 / 8:56 am

      It’s certainly been very hot weather for watching (and taking part in) sports days – I was very thankful for the slight breeze that helped make it bearable that day! 🙂

  10. July 18, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun, plenty for every child to get involved and enjoy. Love how pleased she looks with her races and medal 🙂 #countrykids

    • Louise
      July 20, 2018 / 8:57 am

      They’re so good at making sure it is fun for all the children. It was so lovely to watch her enjoying herself so much.

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