Field day is a great way for kids to get physical activity in a fun way. The parents get to see their kids and action and help out with the activities. It’s a great bonding activity for all involved. But the event won’t come together without a lot of hard work ahead of time. Keep it organized with these field day tips.
Plan, Plan, Plan
You need a solid plan of exactly what you’ll do at field day. One of the easiest options is to plan several different stations that each group rotates through. Have the same number of stations as you have classes who will participate at the same time.
It’s often easier to divide the school into younger and older grades. This allows you to modify some of the activities. Younger kids can’t always do the same activities that older kids can handle because they aren’t as coordinated. You might do kindergarten, first grade and second grade in the morning and then third, fourth and fifth grade in the afternoon, for example.
Make a Schedule
Now that you have all of the activities planned you need a schedule to keep the day moving. Decide how much time the groups will have at each station based on the total amount of time and the number of stations. If you have 10 stations and 2 hours for field day, each rotation will last about 12 minutes. Or plan for 10 minutes at each station with 2 minutes for the transition to the next stations.
Assign each class a starting point for field day. Make a custom schedule for each teacher that shows where her class goes at each transition. Numbering the stations is the easiest option. List the number of each station the class should be at for a particular time or rotation.
If field day lasts too long, the kids will get hot and tired. Build in breaks throughout the time. You might have one station that’s a rest and drink station. Or a station where the kids can sit and draw with sidewalk chalk or play in a sprinkler.
You really can’t have too many volunteers for field day. Always have backups in case some don’t show up. If you have extras, you can have them be runners to go around to different stations to help as needed. Have at least two volunteers at every station. Some activities that are more involved or dangerous might need more.
Have a Backup Plan
Field day takes a lot of planning and is generally scheduled well in advance. That means you may face bad weather when the day actually arrives. Have a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. You might be able to move the activities indoors, or modify some of the activities to make them work inside. Or you might schedule a backup rain date just in case the original date doesn’t work.
One of the most important aspects of field day is keeping it fun for the kids. The event should showcase just how fun being active can be. It’s a fun way to say goodbye to the school year. Don’t make the games too complicated or overly competitive. Plan events that children of all abilities can enjoy.