Each year, near the end of the school year, we have a “Fun and Field Day” at school. We take the kids outside and there are many, many stations set up all around the school grounds and out in the “field”. Each class walks around to these stations and volunteers explain what they will be doing. Most of these volunteers are parents, but some of them are ninth graders from the junior high next door. Megan got to help out this year. She worked at the three-legged race station. Our group never made it over to that one, so I didn’t get to say hello. Our gym teacher took this picture for me.
One of the stations we stopped at was the Bocce Ball station. The kids had to roll the balls and try to get them to land in the hula-hoops. This didn’t seem so hard, but it was set up on the baseball field so the balls kept rolling and rolling and rolling. Not so easy they found out.
It was a very cloudy, windy and cool day, but that didn’t stop these kids from worrying about getting wet at our next station. Their job was to run down, pick up the sponge, dip it into the water, then throw it back to the person next in line. This is kind of like playing the water balloon toss. You’re going to get wet when you try and catch the sponge. It was so funny to watch this. Once they realized it was okay to be wet, that sponge kept getting wetter and wetter each time. I even saw one kid squeeze the sponge over his head before he threw it. Those water games always seem to be the most exciting. Kids and water just go together.
The next station was a team building station. Kids had to pair up and put a ball between their heads and run down to the finish line without letting the ball fall. It’s a hard activity to do but they absolutely love it. It’s looks really silly too. My friend Jean partnered up with one of our kids. They did great!
Their are two favorite stations that every class makes sure they get to. The first one is the class tug-o-war. This is where the kids compete with their classmates in a one-on-one competition. They really get into this event and the yelling and chanting begins. I think it’s not fair when the girls are wearing cute flip-flops and they have to compete against a boy. I need to prepare them better next year. It’s better to be tough, then cute. ha~
Onto the the gunny sack races! You all remember these and have probably at one time in your life, stepped into one of these bags. I enjoyed watching our Autistic kids do this event. They would start jumping but forget to hold the bag. It would keep falling down,then they’d look over at me with this look that said, “How am I suppose to keep this up and why does it keep falling down?” The other kid of ours, kept trying to walk in his bag. Jean and I were cracking up. We were on the sidelines jumping up and down trying to explain this activity. I’m sure we looked even stranger because we didn’t have a sack. Our boys eventually got the hang of it and made it down and back on their own.
Our last event was the other fan favorite. The tug-o-war amongst the classes. This is where one entire 3rd grade class competes with the other 3rd grade class. This can get ugly and very competitive. Sometimes I get distracted taking my pictures, that I forget I’m also at work. Here’s my guy standing in the middle of the rope just before the pulling begins. Whoops! I took the picture and then ran and got him on the rope where he belongs.
After the class did this event, they decided to do a girls vs boys within their grade. The boys were such big talkers and figured that this would be an easy win. Then their teacher (a woman) decided to join in. They didn’t like their odds because the girls had an adult on their side. It was a tough challenge, but as always, girls rule! Sorry boys.
It was a very fun day for everyone. We were so glad that the weather held out for us and we didn’t get rained on. After it was all over, we all enjoyed fudge bars out on the grass. It was a nice treat given to us by the PTO.
School is coming to an end with only four more days to go. We are all looking forward to the summer break.