Backwards Day!

January 19

January 31st honors everything backward.  National Backward Day is an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt.  There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination be your guide.  

How to Celebrate?

Celebrating Backwards Day is easy—do everything backwards or sdrawkcab.

  • Wear your outfit backwards and if you can, talk and write backwards.
  • Go to bed in the morning and start working in the evening, have dinner in the morning and breakfast in the evening, and have dessert first during all your meals.
  • Talk to people with your back towards them. Just make sure you let them know you are celebrating Backwards Day, so they don't think you are rude.
  • Say goodbye to people when you meet them, and hello when you depart.
  • Walk and move in a reverse direction
  • Try to reverse your speech

Did You Know…

…that penguins cannot walk backwards?

The only bird who can fly backwards is the hummingbird

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote backwards, not only did the artist write from right to left, he also wrote his letters backwards.

This day is very popular with school-aged kids, but there is no age limit on who can participate in all of the backward fun. So EVERYONE, let’s have some fun!! 


Here are five sports which you win by going backwards; that is, in which backward momentum carries you to victory:

3--High jump 
5--Repelling (rappelling) 

In gymnastics, there are a lot of backwards skills involved. Gymnasts learn to become comfortable with backwards movement and rotation from the earliest stages. It all starts with performing locomotor skills like walking, jogging, skipping, jumping and hopping in reverse. Backward rolls are usually the first skills learnt on the floor with backwards steps on the beam and circles backwards on the bars. We have lots of fun using backwards movement in warm ups and games and practicing backwards skills throughout our classes.  We love going backwards so much that we even devote lesson plans to the theme of backwards. That’s why it will be easy for Stortford Gymnastics to celebrate National Backwards Day. 

5. Backward play

Encourage your children to attempt backward skills in their usual activities:

  • backstroke in swimming
  • backwards skating on roller skates
  • backwards skipping
  • backwards relay races

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