Field day is a special day for students, teachers, and staff alike. A day that is worked on and planned all year long, filled with long hours of logistical work just to show off our love for our students and our schools. Not only does field day bring out team spirit and fun game activities, but it also gives the opportunity to build community, show off positive school culture and nurture the development of our youngest learners. Here are 53 unique and student-appreciated field day activities for your next field day!
1. Three-Legged Race
Competitive games have ruled field day for as long as most of us can remember. Kids from almost every generation will probably remember this wonderful outdoor or indoor activity! Use rubber bands or string to tie your students' legs together.
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2. Tire Roll
A new twist on field day is this super fun tire roll. Check your local tire shop, dump, or car shop for old or recyclable tires! Paint them with team colors and let your kiddos celebrate their team spirit. You can definitely find other activities for use also!
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3. Tug Of War
Tug of war is such a great way to challenge players of any age. Your students will be so excited to play against each other and you're sure to be impressed by their teamwork and cooperation. A learning game that will exhibit cooperation.
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4. Splash the Teacher
Who doesn't love field day events that even the teachers are involved in? Give your students a chance to splash the teacher! Have a signup sheet for brave teachers who would love to give their students a huge laugh! This will definitely be an award-winning game in your student's eyes!
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5. Wheelbarrow Race
The wheelbarrow race is a classic field day activity. A basic game plan of gym mats is all you need for this super simple event with plenty of engagement for your kiddos.
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6. Water Balloon Game
This water balloon game is perfect for a hot field day! Students will have so much fun with this activity. They will also be able to cool off a bit while experiencing a little friendly competition.
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Proving students with a variety of games is so important during their special day. This wack-a-mole is perfect for exactly that. Easy game monitoring and creation are great for students and teachers alike.
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8. Water Bottle Bowling
There's nothing less enjoyable than promoting student focus. Kids won't even recognize how focused they are with this ball toss game mimicking an all-time favorite - bowling. By using sidewalk chalk - students will recognize the lines they need to stay behind.
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9. Read a Book
Sometimes competition can get the best of our little ones. It's important to help them understand and process all of their feelings. A book like Evie's Field Day can help students foster all of their emotions throughout the day. Maybe even make positivity banners for activity stations!
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10. Hungry, Hungry Hippos
As our kiddos mature they definitely want a high competition factor on their field day. Cut some noodles into circles, add in a few laundry baskets, and some scooters, and your older students will not want to stop playing!
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11. Obstacle Course
Just plain fun games set up throughout the schoolyard is a simple way to keep kids enjoying all of the games for field day. A simple course like this can be set up anywhere and completed by any age! Students can complete this in their free time.
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12. Pool Noodle Target
Using pool noodles for target play like this is a great way to keep your students engaged. Form the pool noodles into circles, tape them together, and have students aim for the center of the circle. Make it more difficult by having students through ping pong balls.
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13. Water Cup Balance
Honestly, this activity is a field day must. It's super easy to add to the list during the planning process using literally only a cup of water and students of all ages will want to continuously experiment with different ways to balance the cup!
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14. Water Bucket Obstacle Course
Water games for even our older students are important for both social and emotional development. Making a watercourse that's a bit longer will help to take their bigger sizes into account but they will still be focused and competitive. Super simple, the first to fill their bucket of water wins!
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15. Art Room Field Day
Sometimes field games just aren't enough for the huge difference in how our children's minds work. Setting up an art room like this is a great way to make sure that all students are being catered to and are finding something they enjoy!
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16. May Pole Beauty
Not only is this team-building activity great for youth development, but it also looks amazing! Students always have fun with this and it makes for a perfect photo op for your website or an Instagram post of how awesome field day was this year!
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17. Zero Gravity Challenge
The zero gravity challenge comes with a super-easy setup and can be one of those fun cooperative activities. Set up a large space and have a few kiddos work together to keep the balloons floating! Add more balloons to keep it challenging.
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18. Team Ski Races
Challenge players to work together with these wooden ski races! Having field day teams is such a great way to bring a new challenge level throughout the day. This is a hard, yet cooperative game! Make this more challenging by making the skis a bit longer and having more students walk on them!
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19. Simple Obstacle Course
This simple obstacle course can be set up in any schoolyard or parking lot. Just move a few benches around and let the kids climb under or jump over in a random time frame of your choosing. If students accidentally crawl under instead of jump over, have them start all over!
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20. Rock Painting
Creating creative objects is an amusing tactile activity for any learning style. Painting rocks is the perfect way to foster our less competitive students' enjoyment levels. You can have students search and find their own creative objects (leaves, sticks, etc.) or have a pile of rocks ready to go!
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21. Lifesize Jenga
Whether students are actually playing Jenga or just using the blocks to build something, this team-building activity will help bring STEM and fun competition into the day. Make sure students know how to play Jenga, include an instruction sheet.
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A mix of games is important because you want to make sure field day is reaching each child's idea of fun. Karaoke is a great way to do just that! Your vocally talented students will be thrilled to have a space to show off their skills.
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23. Group Dances
Cooperative activities including teachers, students, staff are so important. Bringing culture into our classrooms through dance can be so rewarding and fun for students. You could even bring in a guest dancer to teach your kiddos some TikTok choreography.
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24. Tye Dye Shirts
This messy activity will have students super excited for the fun day ahead of them. Whether you make them ahead of field day or on the day itself students will love making their own t-shirts!
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25. Sponge Race
End-of-school-year water games are great for those first few hot summer days. Students of all ages will love this sponge pass - each team will be required to fill their cup first while walking along the balance beam.
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26. 3 Headed Monster
Game monitoring might take on a new level with this game. Make sure activity station helpers are ready for some action with a game like 3 Headed Monster.
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27. Soccer Kick Challenge
The soccer kick challenge, also known as hula hoop soccer can be played with something as simple as a hula hoop tied to the net! Your students will love the challenge. Make it more challenging by telling students exactly where you want the ball to go.
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28. Crazy Obstacle Course
A noodle obstacle course - bent noodles EVERYWHERE. Create a crazy course like this using cones and bent noodles. Students will have so much fun trying to complete it. This is one that is used during student free time. So have some volunteers ready to make sure the kiddos are all safe and using equipment properly.
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29. Long Jump
Long jumps are always fun for students. Teach them how to accurately measure their jumps. This can be an annual event and students will see how their bodies develop as they grow bigger and stronger. Your kiddos will be excited to try to beat last year's score!
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30. Whipped Cream Eating Contest
A messy and silly activity will be adored by students of all ages. A whipped cream eating contest is a great way to have students challenge themselves while laughing all the way.
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31. Milk Jug Relay
An easy relay race that might be a placeholder for the activity rotation schedule is simple and fun! Fill the jugs with water and make sure they have a screw-on top not just one of the pop on tops.
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32. Tic Tac Toe Relay
Indoor games are just as important as field games. A simple hula hoop tic tac toe board like this can be made quickly and this is a game all kids should be familiar with! Give them some independence and watch their smiles grow. You can also use frisbees instead of fabric!
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33. Penguin Race
The penguin race is a silly activity that students will be super excited to keep playing. Although it may be a simple game, the intensity can get a bit crazy quickly.
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34. Paper Plane Corn Hole
I have never met an upper elementary student that didn't LOVE making paper airplanes. Here is a great place for them to use their creations. Have activity station volunteers or even students create the airplanes!
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35. Sock-er Skee-Ball
Soccer Skee-ball can pretty much be an outdoor or indoor field game! Your students will have so much fun with this game. You will need to use a pretty small ball in order to get it into the smallest container. A tennis ball might be a perfect size.
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36. Show Balance Challenge
A field event like this is great for students who want to be challenged but might need a little break from the intense competition. You can pre-teach this game in a physical education class before field day!
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37. Hula Hut Relay
An event with plenty of rules and regulations like this is great for a more controlled field event. Try to teach your students this BEFORE the actual field day. Make sure you have an activity station volunteer that knows the rules to keep this game running smoothly.
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38. Scatter Ball
Scatter ball is kind of like the classic game SPUD. Being more steered towards our younger learners by using a die to choose the number. This can be played with a soccer ball or four square balls.
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39. Cross the Swamp
Kind of like a giant board game, this fun cross the swamp activity will be challenging and cooperative for our older students. Use the lily pads as markers or some other object of significance.
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40. Helium Ring
A circle of hands that will bring team building to a new level. Include an instruction sheet with this activity so students know exactly what to do. A great field day project for older students is simple activities that help build teamwork.
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41. Plastic Cup Movement Challenge
A field day activity such as moving this paper cup will be so much fun and so rewarding for students. Challenging them to work together!
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42. Balloon Pop Relay
Again, a variety of games is super important. Including both outdoor and indoor activities. This indoor activity is great for a rainout or just for a little break.
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43. Office Tennis
Office tennis is super easy and affordable for almost any school. If you don't have a clipboard, we suggest light books or pizza boxes!
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44. Straw Cup Blow Race
This activity will take proper planning but isn't too hard to complete. Students will literally just blow the cup to the other of the table, be warned, it's a bit more tricky than you might think!
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45. Suck and Move Bean Race
Moving an object of significance, such as a bean is a great way to improve student focus. Students will love learning games like these.
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46. Eat the Donut Challenge
This may not be much a learning game, BUT it will most definitely be an award-winning game in your classroom.
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47. Elephant March
Providing a mix of games that makes all of your kiddos laugh and have fun is essential to a successful field day. Pantyhose and cups might just make some of your students ROFL (roll on the floor laughing).
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48. One Hand Bracelet
A high challenge level, calls for an exciting activity. Set a random time or just let students complete an activity like this at their own pace!
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49. Fill Your Bucket Relay
The competition factor will be praised by students of all ages in this game. Proper planning literally only consists of buckets, cups, and water.
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50. Frisbees Through Hula Hoops
Throwing frisbees through hula hoops might seem like an easy task, but it's not quite as easy as you might think. Challenge your students will this super exciting activity.
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51. Balloon Craziness
A ball challenge balloon toss might be engaging in past field day events, but filling a room with balloons might be even more exciting! Have students work together to keep all of the balloons in the air!
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52. Lifesize Connect Four
A giant Connect Four board that sticks into the ground like this will be so much fun for your students. Include a signup sheet with this one to avoid any unforeseen arguments!
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53. Squirt Gun Bottle Fill
Use a paper cup or large soda bottle to complete this event. This is a nice little cool down requiring 2-4 teams. Instead of a water balloon toss - team will be required to fill the bottle with water using only a squirt gun.
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