It’s time to get excited about Field Day! Students and teachers look forward to this day because it gets them outside and having fun with new and exciting activities. Another great aspect of Field Day is it teaches kids the importance of working as a team. We’ve highlighted 12 different team building games and activities that are both challenging and fun! At the end of this blog you’ll find a link for our 3 FREE Field Day Guides with detailed activities submitted by professional PE teachers. Happy Field Day!
This game is really popular for Field Day. Teams fill up their green buckets and race to transport and dump the water into a storage container before all the water leaks out of the bottom. The team with the most water in their storage container at the end of challenge wins. Divide the available players into two teams of 5 to 7 players per team. One player on each team will be the “Team Filler”, while the others will be “Team Transporters”. For the complete rules of the game plus more activities for this product, check out our Team Bucket Challenge – Activity Guide. You can also try our Team Transport Challenge which has an activity guide too.
Team Run Mat Activity
Kids have a lot of fun with this activity trying to move forward, backward, and sideways! It takes a team effort and teaches cooperation and coordination. The Team Run Mat comes with 2 mats. Have kids divide into teams of 3 or 4 and race to the finish line. You can set up a course using cones or pool noodles. The team that reaches the finish line first wins! Our larger Run Mat can fit 6 or 7 kids.
Spectrum™ Jumbo Ostrich Egg and Spoons Obstacle Course
Field Day isn’t complete without a balancing race! Divide your group into teams of up to 6 and assign each team a colored egg and a spoon. Use colored cones to designate a starting point and midpoint that each player on each team must carry the egg around and back to the starting line. If a player drops the egg while transporting they must stop moving, retrieve the egg, put it back on the spoon and then they may start walking again. The first team to have each person complete the circuit wins the race. Check out our Activity Suggestions for more fun ways to use this kit.
Tug of War Game
A classic game of Tug of War is great for a Field Day activity! Our new Soft Tug Rope is sturdy enough for adults and kids, and won’t cause rope burn. Make sure there’s an even amount of students on each side, and mark the grass for the center line. The rope comes with it’s own marker for the center. Variations: Instead of the players have the rope in their hands at the start of the competition, have the rope start on the ground and all players standing straight up. At a start signal, both teams scramble to pick up the rope and pull the center mark past the cone nearest them.
Mammoth Beach Ball Race
The beach ball race is one of our favorite Field Day activities. Have students get into groups of 3 or 4. Each team member must keep their hand on the beach ball at all times. Set up some markers such as pool noodles as a roadway to challenge teams to keep the ball within the lines. The students must get to the end of the roadway with all of their teammates still touching the ball. This really takes a team effort to control the ball! Use a stop watch to time each team. The fastest time wins!
Balloon or Ball Launcher
Use the Blaster Balloon Launcher or Mega Ball Launcher to see which team can launch the furthest! Set up cones across the field as a marker. Another fun activity is to set up stacking buckets and have each team try to knock down the tower. Teams have to work together to figure out where to stand and how to position their bodies so they can aim the ball to the target.
Toss-It Net Game
For this activity, the object is not to let the balls fall to the ground. Divide the class into groups of 5. One team member will add another ball every 30-60 seconds to see how many they can get to before one falls! Once a ball falls, then rotate.
Hop Sack Races
Sack racing is another great team building activity for Field Day. Using either two-person or three-person hop sacks, have students race through an obstacle course and to a finish line. The goal is to work together and hop through the course without falling!
One of the funniest Field Day activities we’ve seen, and kids love it. They can be used just for fun as bumpers, but for a team building concept you can divide students into pairs and have them run through an obstacle course. They cannot fall or they have to start again, and so does their teammate!
Parachute games are perfect for a large group, and there so many activities you can do. One of our favorites is called Turtle – while in mushroom (raise the parachute up to fill with air), all participants create a giant turtle shell while on their hands and knees underneath the parachute. Now everyone has to work together to get the turtle to travel around with its shell still afloat. Check out all of our blogs on using parachutes for P.E. activities. Also check out our wide selection of parachutes for different sizes and designs.
This is like sack races with a twist! Kids have to coordinate and walk together without falling. They’re fun and great for exercise, plus they make an effective lesson in teamwork and communication. We have a 2 person and 4 person version. Use this instructions guide to find out more.
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