Our homeschooling co-op is planning their annual field day! This is a great idea for people homeschooling and looking for new homeschool activities outside the home that involve the community.
Each year elementary students take part, and it’s always a lot of fun. If you’re not part of a co-op, don’t worry – you can still have a field day. A friend of mine organizes her own each year, and you can, too. Here’s how you do it.
Plan the Activities
You don’t have to plan them alone. Get a couple of friends together and decide on which ones would be fun. Some ideas would be:
- Sack race
- Baseball throw
- Baseball hit
- Wet sponge relay of Over and Under
- Water balloon or egg toss
- Egg on a spoon relay
- Jump roping
- Frisbee throwing
- Hula Hooping
- Three-legged race
- Wheelbarrow race
- Foot Races – relays and dashes
Instead of spending a lot of money on supplies, ask around and see what types of things you can gather up from friends or family. You can also substitute items for ones you don’t have. For example, if you don’t have sacks for a sack race, use old pillowcases instead.
Choose a Venue
Our co-op meets in a church, so Field Day is always held on the baseball field. But Field Day can also be held in a large backyard or a park with some open space.
Set a Date and Time
We’ve found that Field Day in the spring or summer lends itself well to water activities. Fall is a good time of year to include a lot of running. If you’re going to have Field Day at a park, you’ll also want to choose a date and time when the park isn’t crowded, such as a weekday morning when many other children are in school.
We’ve done Field Day a couple of different ways. Sometimes we have an overall winner and we give out ribbons, but most of the time we just announce the winners and give everyone a small prize, like a coupon for a free ice cream or cookies.
What are some ways your children have participated in a field day or homeschool activity outside the home?
Homeschooling Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
Photo by Joshua Ommen