Today was our schools annual “Fun and Field Day”. We spend the entire morning outside walking from station to station doing different activities or events. Our gym teacher, Mr. Ceola, sets this whole thing up and it can’t be an easy job. He drives his truck, filled with equipment, out onto the fields and gets it all ready for us before the school day begins. Once the kids all arrive and we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we head outside for fun in the sun. Today we had the sun!!! It was absolutely gorgeous out and perfect for our activities…many which included water.
The group I was in started at the Limbo station. Since they are all pretty small, they basically walked under the pole and called it good.
We then moved on to the frisbee toss and lacrosse station. These two events required the kids to get their ball or frisbee into the net. Some of the kids have never thrown a frisbee before, so we had to ask the “volunteers” to show them how to do it. They caught on pretty quickly and we had a few successful throws into the nets. They loved the lacrosse station. This seems to be quite a popular new sport for all ages. It didn’t take them long to get their tennis balls into the net and score. The volunteers had them move up because of their age, but I don’t think it was necessary, they would’ve nailed it anyway.
Our next adventure was on to the giant soccer ball. This was a relay race where the kids ran down to the big gray bucket with a spoon in their hand. Once they reached the bucket, they scooped up some water and had to run back and dump their water into the cup while trying to avoid the dreaded giant soccer ball coming at them. It’s so funny to watch this relay, because they barely have a drip of water left on that spoon at the end. They try to be so careful but they can’t help keeping an eye on the soccer ball instead of their spoon.
It was time to show off their muscles…this meant Tug-o-war! We divided the class in half and had them go at it. They didn’t quite understand the concept the first time around, but once they saw how it worked, they understood what their job was the next time. It was time to pull hard! Being 6 & 7 years old, they put on a good show for us.
The next station was one of my favorites to watch. It was the Laundry Station. They had to grab a shirt, dip it into the water (washing machine), then run down and hang it up on the line to dry. Haha! Let’s get these kids started early on doing chores. Why not! If you’re wondering who donated their clothes…our gym teacher was kind enough to throw in his St. Louis garb. I told the kids it was okay to rub it into the dirt a little. He and I have a sports rivalry. I hate his St. Louis teams and he hates my Minnesota teams. Hockey season can be tough at times.
Hanging the wash helped cool the kids off a bit. It was pretty warm now, so we headed over to another water station. We found another relay game. This one was silly. The kids grab an empty cup, run down again, to a bucket of water, fill the cup, then have to walk back carrying the water on top of their head. Now usually they spill a little as they are walking back to tag up with the next person, but I noticed each person kept coming back with a stream running down their nose. I asked the “volunteer” working this station, “Is there a hole in the cup?” She started giggling and said, “Yes, Mr. Ceola (gym teacher) thought it would be funny.” He poked a small hole in each. It made me laugh!
The kids are all cooled off, so it was time to get them jumping. We headed over to the always fun…gunny-sack races. I laughed so hard at this. It was a riot just watching them try to get into the darn bag. They get so pumped up at the starting line, take one jump and down they go! hilarious~
We still had more stations to seek out. We found another tug-of-war type of event, only this was one-on-one pulling. The object was to pull your opponent off of their block that they are standing on. It wasn’t the most fair event, because we didn’t line them up by weight, so lets just say, some teams were a little off-balance from the start. At least we did have girls vs girls and boys vs boys.
Another fun and cute activity was the penny drop. Do some of you remember the game, “drop the clothespin into the bottle?”, this is similar. They each got pennies and had to run down to the ice cube tray and drop them into the slots. They were told they couldn’t bend over and that they had to stand tall while trying. This again was so funny because after trying one penny, they all bent over to try the next one. Pennies bounce off of plastic! I caught many of them cheating.
We saved the best station for last. It also was a water station to help cool them off, once more. I’m not sure what you’d call this game…but, it’s just plain fun. You put about 7 or 8 kids in a circle, give them a squirt bottle, then blindfold them. On your mark, get set, squirt!!!! How great is that? The kids start spraying each other and a lot of times, just spraying the air, because they can’t see anything. It’s all giggles, laughs, screaming and old fashion play. Remember getting out the hose and spraying someone? You just can’t resist that urge to pull the trigger and get someone wet.
That’s was our Olympic Day and we all had such a good time. By the end of our two hours, they were quite tired out and ready to go indoors for some lunch. After lunch, they were given ice cream sandwiches for their participation. The kids were good sports throughout it all. We’ll never tell them about the hole in the cup thing…. 🙂