Yesterday, our co-op had a field day for the elementary students. It took a lot of planning and a lot of organizing, but it was a lot of fun. It was a great way to conclude the school year for the younger children.
Even if you’re not part of a co-op, you can organize a field day with other homeschooling friends. Here are some ideas to get you started.
First, find a good location for your field day events. You might go to a public park with a field, or inquire at a church in your area for permission to use their land. We’ve had them at both places, and everything has gone well.
Next, plan your field day events. The events the children participated in yesterday included:
- Three-legged race
- Wheel barrow race
- Sack races
- 50-meter dash
- Softball throw
- Bean bag toss
- Egg-on-a-spoon race
- Bowling (using plastic soda bottles)
- Water balloon toss
- Wet sponge over-and-under relay
You don’t have to do all of these activities, however. Along with the other moms in your group, see what other events you can come up with. You might want to try:
- Frisbee throw
- Jump roping
- Relay races/passing a baton
- Ping pong blow
- Soccer ball dribble
- Football throw
- Hoola Hoop Marathon
- Basketball free throw
- Egg toss
- Miniature golf
In preparation for the games, set up a “station” where each game will be played. Be sure all necessary equipment is at the station.
Next, divide the children into groups based on ages and/or height. You might also want to separate the groups by gender as well.
If you haven’t done so already, enlist the help of the other parents. Have a parent supervise each station and make sure all the students are playing according to the rules. Provide each parent with a clipboard, pencil, and paper, so they can write down the names of the children who come in first, second, and third place.
At the end of the games, you can reward the children in several ways. You might assign point values to first, second, and third, then give those with the highest points on each team a special prize. Prizes can include toys, candy, gum, restaurant coupons — whatever you think they would like. Or, you might give out ribbons to those who placed. Either way, it’s also good to have a small prize or ribbon for everyone who participated.
However you organize it, field day is a good day to teach about friendship, sportsmanship, and fun!