There’s nothing better than a field day to get you and your
friends outside enjoying the wonderful weather. We’ve got your activities
covered from start to finish, so what are you waitin’ for, babe? It’s time to
get your go-for-gold groove on!
Before you can go wild ‘n’ crazy, you’ve got to pick a date,
find chaperones, settle on a location and invite your crew. Select a weekend, a
day during spring break or a half-day afternoon. Ask your parents if they’d be
willing to head up your field day (and keep you all safe). Depending upon where
you decide to host the activities—a school field, a local park or your own
backyard are all good picks—and how many kids you invite (your whole class?),
you might need to get a few more parents on board, too.
Got the deets down? Print off flyers with your field day 411
and hand ‘em out at school…or create a Facebook event.
Pick up supplies
Plan out your activities, make a list of whatever equipment
you’ll need—hula hoops, blind folds, balloons, buckets, water, etc.—and make
sure you have enough of everything on hand for your field day. Dollar store
t-shirts in team colors will up the competitive factor.
You and your gang are gonna need some fuel if you’re gonna
do your very best. Have healthy snacks on hand—fruit, veggies, granola bars,
trail mix—as well as cookout food or pizza for your post-games celebration.
Don’t forget about the drinks! Have an ample supply of cool water and Gatorade
on hand to keep you hydrated.
These 10 activities are our favorites. Feel free to toss the
ones you’re not so keen on and add on your own games.
Blind man’s bluff obstacle course – Divide your group into twos. One person in each
pair will be blindfolded and the other will be tasked with leading her through
an obstacle course. If you’re playing in teams, make it into a relay with the
team who gets all of their pairs through the course the fastest winning.
Fill ‘er up relay –
Separate your group into teams. At one end of your field, teams will stand with
a full water bucket and a sponge. On the other—say, 10 yards away—there will be
an empty bucket with a line on it. Each person on the team will soak the
sponge, run to the empty bucket and squeeze out the water. This will continue
until one team’s empty bucket is filled to the line and the last one to squeeze
the sponge returns to the team.
How low can you go?
– Have two parents hold a yardstick or a piece of PVC pipe between them and
play limbo. The team the winner is on wins the game.
Egg-cellent spoon relay
– Give each team a spoon and an egg. Each person on the team will carry the egg
to a point 10 yards away (mark with a cone or bucket), return to the starting
point and hand the egg and spoon to another person without touching the egg.
The first team to go through all of its players (or be the last team standing)
Hula-hoop hurrah –
Each person on the team hula hoops for as long as she can. When the hoop drops,
it passes to the next person. The last team standing wins.
Three-legged race –
Tie two teammates’ legs together for this classic race. Partners run down to
the 10-yard line and return, then another set of partners does the run. The
team who gets all of their partners through the fastest wins.
Chain of fools –
Every person on the team joins hands, forming a line. A hula-hoop is placed on
the shoulder of the person at one end of the line. The fastest team to pass the
hoop down the line over each person without breaking the chain wins.
Water balloon toss –
You can do this toss in pairs or have teams stand in a circle formation. After
a few tosses, have each team member back up. The last team standing wins.
Team relay – Give
each team member in this relay a different way to make it to the 10-yard point
and back to the starting point. One person can be in a burlap sack, another on
a bouncy ball, another could hop on one foot, another could crawl, another crab
walk. The fastest team wins!
Tug O’ War – It’s
time for the ultimate field day challenge! If you’ve got more than two teams,
have them face off on opposite sides of the rope. Do it tournament style, with
the winners of each “tug” moving forward into the next round.
Crown the winners
There are different ways to decide who won. You could give
the big win to the team with the most wins overall, or to the winner of tug of
war. Pick your poison and have the prizes ready!
Tell me, babes: What's your favorite field day game?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/24/2011 12:09:00 PM
POSTED IN weekend fun, boredom buster, get outside, spring fun, spring break