We wore our Mater Dei Catholic School tee-shirts that Chris had specially made last year. Go team!
|Mater Dei Catholic School: Teacher and students 2016-2017|
A great time was had by all. I was inspired that I now have enough kids (and especially when some friends come over) to play a number of these field games, so I'd like to purchase some of the outdoor supplies I saw being used. These games would be a great recess game or motivation for finishing school work. I've written descriptions of some of the games below for my own future reference.
ParachuteWe played numerous games under the parachute. Variations: Call out a color and whomever is touching that color runs underneath and switches to the other side. Bounce a ball on top. Sit down underneath.
Potato sack race
It is so difficult to keep homeschooled children--and particularly my children--wearing shoes! Mine kept taking off their shoes today and I'd remind them to put them back on. I'm all about going barefoot at home and in our back yard, but not at a public school with hundreds of children.
Riding on scooters while using a plunger as an 'oar'
Egg in spoon relay raceVariations: Walk forward, walk backward, walk with eyes closed
Bean bag toss
Spraying gameBlindfold one partner who is in control of the spray gun and is guided by the sighted partner. This was crazy fun!
Joseph was quite confused by it all so we told him to spray a tree, which he did with excitement.
Toss the spongeSponges floating in a bucket of water were tossed like hot potato.This was when the kids got soaking wet.
A very kind adult helper paired up with Joseph to toss the sponge with him.
Mary got the most wet of all!
Fill the bottle relay raceRelay race in which one kid sits with a bottle over his head, another kid squeezes a sponge into it, then the squeezing kid sits in place with the bottle and the next kid in line runs over to fill it. Each kid ends up sitting with a bottle and each kid ends up squeezing a sponge. Goal is that the team with the most water in the bottle wins.
Swing the tennis ball relay raceA tennis ball in the end of a soak sitting in a bucket of water, running in a relay race, swinging the tennis ball, sprays water everywhere.
Relay race while holding a ballVariations: ball between knees, ball in elbow, ball wherever one can grip it
Relay race while pretending to be a waiterRelay races while carrying bean bags in Frisbee like a waiter. Variations: walk forward, walk backward, walk with eyes closed, walk with Frisbee on head.
Chop stick chicken relay raceTwo drum sticks act as chopsticks and are used to carry the rubber chickens to the frying pan.
BasketballBaskets are strapped onto belts and the children in pairs toss balls into each other's baskets.
Carry the beach ball without using your handsVariations: use any body parts or weird walking positions
Our homeschool team mascot Thomas fell asleep by the end. It was an exhausting morning.