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Challenge 8 - Pair Your Socks

Pair Your Socks

To take part in the 'pair your socks' challenge all you need is a maximum of 10 pairs of socks and something to collect your socks in. Place your sock collector (I used an upturned box lid) in front of you, then unpair your socks and place 1 sock around 2 steps to the left of you and the other 2 steps to the right of you. Stand facing your sock collector, you then have 30 seconds to collect as many pairs of socks as you can. To do this you quickly sidestep in both directions to pick up a pair of socks and collect them in the your collector, before continuing and collecting the next pair. You can only pick up 1 sock at a time and you continue until the time runs out.


Make it harder

  • Move the socks further away from you.
  • You can only pick up with 1 hand. So if you choose to only use your right hand, when picking up a sock on the left side of your body you must reach across your body to pick up while continuing to face forward.


Make it easier

  • Move the socks closer
  • You don't have to collect matching pairs.
  • You don't have to pair socks up before putting them in your collector.


If you would like to share your attempts at each challenge you can ask the grown ups in your household to film you or take a photo of you doing the challenge and then send it in to Mr Thomas at along with your score and possibly a write up about how the challenge went in your household.

Pair Your Socks Demo

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Mr Thomas

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This is my first attempt at the challenge and I scored 7. I had a slight fumble on 2 pairs of socks so I think if I improve there I could get to 8. I think staying on the balls of my feet and keeping my knees bent helped me to move quicker.

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