Here’s a fun Field Day idea for grades K-5.
Submitted by Jan Finck, Maumee, Ohio.
BACKGROUND: Need a fun way to culminate your Field Day? Why not try a Peanut Hunt! At the end of our Field Day, all of the students participate in our Peanut Hunt before going back to their rooms.
Each classroom teacher takes his/her students to a designated spot. The classroom teacher has scattered the peanuts beforehand in the open field and lets the students run and collect up to one heaping handful of peanuts. Boy, do the kids enjoy it!
We also have a special opening ceremony where all of the student teams gather on the playground to say the Olympic Oath and the Pledge of Allegiance. Before the saying of the Olympic Oath, several “torch bearers” make one lap around the entire playground.
After the Pledge of Allegiance and the introduction of special guests, our principal leads a parade around the neighborhood. Each team carries their team flag of a make-believe land. The “torch bearers” walk ahead of the rest of the parade group. These torch bearers each carry a paper torch made by the art teacher.
All of the teams return and sit around the perimeter of the activity area. This large area can be marked off with cones or boundary flags.
When all of the teams appear to be ready, our principal shouts, “Let the Games Begin!”
Since the majority of our events are relays, the field has running lanes clearly marked for the students. The last player for each team wears a pinnie or other brightly-colored jersey so that our parent volunteer “judges” can easily spot the winners.
The following events are used at our Field Day:
1. Shuttle Baton Relay
2. 50 Yard Dash Relay
3. Tire Rolling Relay
4. Ball-Between-the-Legs Relay
5. Sack Race Relay
6. Spoon-Ball Relay
7. Changing Clothes Relay
8. Water Balloon Relay
9. Over and Under Relay
10. Partner Egg Toss
The teachers are given a schedule of the events and the order of the participating teams. Water is made available for each team through the use of room parents. We always have an ample supply of sun screen in the office for teachers to use on their sun sensitive students.
The students are encouraged to do their best. Winning is not stressed, … enjoying the activities, helping others, and caring about others are!