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favorite time of year! Just a few short weeks of school remain for many,
and having a Field Day is a way to pass the time faster and have the kids
burn off some extra energy. By request, we have compiled a list of ideas
that come from our own T2T mailing list.
There were numberous contributors to this list, so we thank everyone for
sharing their ideas and experiences. Some of the games and ideas here may
be similar (note all the sponge ideas) so combine ideas to customize your
own Field Day!
- Three legged race
- Sack race
- Have a waterslide
- Pie in the face booth
- Softball toss
- Instead of having a dunking booth, have a sponge toss where kids toss
water soaked sponges
- Have a basketball or volleyball game where grades play against each
other and the winners play against the teachers
- One thing that I have seen done at a school I used to work at was
to divide the kids into evenly leveled groups before the day. Set up
stations and require that the teams move from station to station in
a particular order. If they don't follow the instructions, they are
disqualified. It works.
- Frisbee throw (through hula hoops)
- Standing broad jump
- Obstacle course
- 50 yard dash
- Buddy walk
- Bubble blow: use all sorts of bubble blowing toys
- Water balloon "fights"
- Balloon shaving
- Have 2 teams line up side by side. Hand 1 beanbag (or even an eraser)
to the front person of each team and they are to pass it over their
head to the person behind them. That person (person 2) takes the beanbag
and passes it between their legs to the next person. It continues in
this fashion (over/under all the way to the end of the line. When the
last person gets the beanbag, they run to the front of the line and
continue over/under. Each time the beanbag reaches the last person,
the last person runs to the front of the line and starts again. It continues
like this until the 1st person that was at the head of the line in the
beginning is back up at the head of the line.
- A shoe pile race is a blast--kids take off one shoe and put it in
one big pile, then they have a relay race between classes one at a time.
(make sure that no one has the same shoe as another student, last year
a few students got mixed up!)
- Snow cone relay: take a volleyball and put it on a PE cone up side
down. Students run down and around and it looks like a snow cone.
- Shoe Kick: Everyone stands in a line and kicks one shoe for distance
- If it is a hot day this is a very popular race. Each team needs two
buckets of water and two large sponges. Each team lines up with a bucket
of water at the front of the line The team passes the wet sponges over
their heads to the end of the line. At the end of the line the last
person squeezes the sponge out into the other bucket--and then runs
to the front of the line and starts it again. You can have two sponges
going at the same time. Give it a time limit 5 min or so and the team
at the end who has the most water is the winner.
- I had 20 kids per station rotations every 15 minutes, 8 cones, and
2 balls. I set up 2 lines of 4 cones and put 5 kids on each side of
the cones [a team of 10]. I had them start by putting the ball between
their knees and hopping or walking through the cones to the other side,
the player there then did the same thing back through the cones until
one team won...For the second relay, I had them do it backwards and
if there was time for a 3rd race, I had them dribble soccer style. Towards
the end one parent helper had teams hop with the ball between their
knees to the other side of their team and pass it to the next member
using knees only. You could also have them dribble basketball style
through the cones.
- Sponge Race: fill up a baby swimming pool, have 4 5-gallon buckets
each, you need 4 large car wash type sponges, the object of the game
is each relay team must race to the pool, fill the sponge with as much
water as possible run back to the buckets and squeeze out the water,
then passing to the next teammate....and so forth until all players
have gone. The winner is the team with the most water in the bucket..
- Balloon Race: You will need four chairs: Each teammate has a balloon.
The first one runs to the chair, sits on the balloon until it pops then
runs back for the next teammate to do the same. Play goes on until the
team that has popped all the balloons wins.
- Tire Rolling Race: With teams, each teammate rolls a tire to the mark
and back to the next teammate who then does the same until the last
I have an outdoor variation for the balloon sitting relay.
The game is played exactly the same, except that the balloons are filled
with shaving cream. Players should not wear good clothes; bathing suits
or bare bottoms is preferable. Get the camera ready for this one; line
up the kids in a row to shoot the creamed hinies :-)
Nick, Curry College, MA
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Similar to Field Day, this activity
comes from T2T contributor,
Our third grade does a "camp skeeter" activity. We go to the local
National Guard Camp with the kids beginning at noon and lasting till 8:00pm
. We have several craft tables, (bead art, dream catchers, decorator cans,
first aid, photography, pen and ink drawing) dance lessons, track and field
type events, camp fire with ghost stories, camp songs, nature walks, bird
house building, and other events. It is a huge success. The local banks
donate money for free t-shirts for the kids and teachers. The kids eat lunch
at school then ride a bus to camp. Dinner is a packed event on a large field
where the kids play field games ( kick ball, wiffle ball, ) We get huge
percentage of parents who come for part or all of the camp. The parents
love it since a large percentage of the trip is not eaten up with travel
time. This is a wonderful day. I don't work with the third grade this year
but am taking half a day to be there. I love this activity.