Thursday, May 15, 2008

13 games to play at field day!

Thirteen Games to play at Field Day!

Our field day is tomorrow, so here are 13 games that elementary students can do for field day!

1. Tug of War. We are having 5 boys and 5 girls on each team, which for my class only leaves 5 students out of the mix.

2. Sponge relay. Take a huge sponge dunk it in a bucket of water. Then hand it over your head to the next person, that person goes under their legs, to the next person who goes over their head to the last person in line, who in turn runs back to the front of the line, and starts the process over.

3. Shoe Tie relay. All students take off their shoes and go sit down at the start line. They have to run one at a time to their shoes, put them on, tie them, and run back to tag the next person in line.

4. Hula Hut Relay. They make huts out of 6 hula hoops, then they all have to crawl through the hut, without knocking the hut down. I am not sure how this one works, as I have never seen it, but the kids know how to do it.

5. 50 yard dash, I think this one is self explanatory.

6. Chopsticks, I "think" this is how its played, it sounds right, but again I haven't seen this school do it. Each child will need a pair of chopsticks, and each child or team will need two bowls and a number of marbles, maltesers, smartees, peanuts or marshmallows.

Place the bowls about 6-8 feet apart, on tables or chairs. Put the objects in one of the bowls. When you call "start", each child must pick up one of his objects, using only his chopsticks, and carry it to the empty bowl. He then returns for the next object, and so on until he has moved all his objects safely across and is the winner.

Hands must not be used at any time! If an object is dropped, it must be picked up and put back in the first bowl. You are only allowed to move one object at a time.

You can make this game easier by varying the objects. Marbles are hardest, marshmallows are easiest!

If you are playing with individual children, we suggest at least 10 objects to make the game last a decent time. For a team challenge, you might want only 3 or 4 objects, depending on the number of children in the team.

7. Icebreakers, take off your shoes for this one, you use your toes to grab marbles out of a bucket of ice water!

8. Potato sack races. teams of 5.

9. Ball relay Each player will get a scoop. The object is to pass the ball relay style from scoop to scoop down to the end line and back. They may throw or pass the ball from scoop to scoop. All players must have a turn. The players may not touch the ball.

10. Egg and spoon race Hand on the spoon must be behind the line, students place the egg on the spoon (it is easier if the egg is lying down); the other hand is behind their back. If the egg falls off the spoon, students will retrieve the egg after marking their place with the spoon, and return to where they were when it fell. (Judges watch that they are not walking and holding the egg on the spoon). They pass the egg and spoon to the next player

11. Frogger– Each team gets three hula hoops. One student is the frog; the other three must get the frog down the lane and back by placing “lily pads” (hoops) for them to travel on. If a frog steps out of the hoop, they must begin again from the line they are moving away from.

12. Balloon Shaving-students must "shave" a balloon without popping it.

13. Water Balloon relays.

Now just to hope that the rain that they are predicting for Friday stays away until after Noon!

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