As the School Year is Coming to a Close, Reward Everyone with an Outside Field Day to Boost School Spirit!
May 22, 2012
As the school year begins to draw to a close, the kids start getting antsy, longing to be outside playing in the sun and the teachers are looking for ways to help them burn off that excess energy. And that means it is the perfect time to have Field Day! You can help the kids get over the end of the year hump, show off some school spirit, and have a little fun all at once by planning thrilling Field Day.
You’ll need to start planning your Field Day by rounding up enough volunteers to ensure the event will run smoothly. Since the teachers will have to stay with their classes throughout the day, you’ll need to call on the parents to pitch in and help. Aside from the usual fliers you can send home with the students, why not order a custom sports theme banner asking for volunteers? You can hang the custom banner in front of the school where the parents will be sure to see it, and parents will be able to stop by the office to volunteer while they’re picking up or dropping off their child during the school day. And since these banners can withstand the elements and last for years, if you keep your Field Day on the same day every year, say, the second Friday of May, you can use the same banner year after year, saving your school money!
Once you’ve got all your volunteers lined up, it’s time to choose your events! The ages of the students will dictate the complexity of the events, with younger kids requiring simple events while older kids can handle the more complex tasks. Popular ideas for Field Day events for elementary school children include water balloon tosses, relay races, three-legged races, obstacle courses, long jumps, scooter races, and sack races. All of the basic events you remember from your own childhood can be tweaked, and, with a little creativity, tailored for students in any grade.
Whatever events you decide on, you’ll want to be sure you stock up on gold prize medals for your winners! Decide how you’re going to award the students. Will everyone who participates get a medal? Will only the winners be rewarded? You could choose to give every student who tries an award for participation. A bronze award medal is a great choice to hand out to all the kids who tried, rewarding them for doing their best. And the gold and silver prize medals can be handed out to the first and second place winners. It’s important to make sure Field Day is fun for everyone, including those students who don’t excel at sports, and that no one goes home feeling like a wimp, which is why handing out medals to those who tried their hardest, even if they came in last place, can be a good idea and a great morale booster.
In between the stations for the major events, have smaller stations set up where kids can take a water break and have some down time doing fun activities. Let them blow bubbles, make chalk drawings, have a water gun fight, or just play on the playground. This gives the students a chance to catch their breath before moving on to the next station and have a little more fun on Field Day!
Field Day is also a great chance to let students and teachers show off their school spirit! Send home notices with the students so they come dressed in their school colors. And with decorations in your school colors you can give your Field Day a festive touch that all the students, teachers, and volunteers will appreciate! Set up bunches of latex balloons in your school colors at the starting point of each of the stations so that students know where to go when they arrive. Color custom banners announcing your field day events and welcoming students and parents will also add a festive touch and show off your school spirit as well!
Whatever events you plan for your school’s Field Day, or however you decide to show off your school spirit as you close out the academic year, with a little creativity you can ensure that the day is one the students will remember with fondness for years to come!