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Field Day Activities, Games, and Themes: Crafting the Ultimate Field Day at School

Field day is an exciting event that takes place in many schools, and it is a great way to promote physical activity, team building, and healthy competition among students. Children and teens can showcase their physical abilities, teamwork, and sportsmanship while enjoying the company of their classmates. It provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a variety of activities and games, both outdoor and indoor. Field day can be organized for the entire school or just for certain classes or grades. The events provide memorable experiences for kids and adults that foster camaraderie, sportsmanship, and learning.

Field Day Activities, Games, and Themes

Field day is also fantastic way to bring your entire school community together in a fun, positive environment. By hosting a field day event, a school can open its doors to parents, members of the community, and volunteers who are willing to lend their support by helping organize the event and volunteering their time to run activities. Implementing field day at a school requires careful planning, organization, and coordination to ensure that it runs smoothly and is enjoyable for all participants.

Field Day Fun - Starting Line

Get ready for the ultimate field day by following these 10 steps to plan a wildly successful event! Plus, check out 20 captivating field day games and activities that will have your students engaged all day long. Don't forget to explore some fun themes too - they'll make sure your school's field day really stands out from the crowd. Let's get planning!

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Planning a Field Day

The first step in implementing field day is to plan the event. It is essential to involve teachers, administrators, parents, and students in the planning process to ensure that the event is inclusive and enjoyable for everyone. Below are some steps and ideas for organizing a successful field day at a school:

Step 1: Set a date and develop a schedule

Step 1: Set a date and develop a schedule

The first step in organizing a field day is to determine the date and time of the event. It is important to choose a date that does not conflict with any other school events, such as testing, school events, or holidays. Start planning for field day well in advance to ensure everything is in order.

Once the date is set, a schedule should be created for the day's events. The schedule should include the start and end times, as well as which activities will take place when. Make sure the schedule is realistic and takes into account the time needed for setup, cleanup, and transitions between activities. If you have a large school, you may want to consider breaking the event into two days or more.


Step 2: Incorporate a theme

Step 2: Incorporate a theme

Creating a theme for your field day can make it more fun and engaging for the students. Some popular themes include: Olympics, Superheroes, Pirates, Space Adventures, or Under the Sea. Incorporating a theme into field day activities helps to create an exciting atmosphere that will engage the participants and motivate them to get involved in all of the activities.


Step 3: Determine the field day events (activities and games)

Field day offers an opportunity for students to engage in a wide range of physical activities and field day games. The activities and games can be tailored to suit different age groups, interests, and abilities.

Step 3: Determine the field day events (activities and games)

Outdoor activities, such as tag games and relay races, are always popular choices for Field Day. Other ideas include water balloon tosses, sack races, tug-of-war, obstacle courses, three-legged races, egg and spoon races. Indoor Field Day activities can also be a fun way to get kids moving and having fun. Ideas include scooter board games, scavenger hunts, indoor volleyball or basketball lead-up games.

Pic by Callen Martin-Fowler @MsPhysEduDP 


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Step 4: Gather resources and materials

Step 4: Gather field day resources and materials

Once the schedule is set and the activities have been chosen, it is time to start gathering the resources and materials needed for Field Day. This includes PE activity equipment (ring toss, hula hoops, etc.), water bottles, cones and markers, first-aid kits, refreshments, etc.


Step 5: Recruit volunteers and assign responsibilities

Step 5: Recruit field day volunteers and assign responsibilities

Organizing a field day requires a team effort, and it is important to recruit volunteers to help with the event. This may include parents, teachers, and older students who can help with setting up the equipment, running the games, and providing assistance where needed. Assign responsibilities to staff, volunteers, and students for various tasks such as setup, registration, and running activities. Make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities and has the resources they need to do their job effectively.


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Step 6: Plan for inclement weather

Step 6: Plan for field day inclement weather

Plan for inclement weather by having a backup plan for indoor activities or postponing the event if necessary. Ensure that everyone is aware of the plan in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.


Step 7: Ensure safety

Step 7: Ensure safety for field day

Safety should be a top priority for field day. Make sure all activities are age-appropriate, and that students are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing. Have first aid kits on hand and ensure there is adequate supervision at all times.


Step 8: Provide clear instructions

Step 8: Provide clear instructions for field day

Provide clear instructions for all games and activities, and ensure that students understand the rules and expectations. Visuals (signs and posters) with simple text work great to post at each event, activity or game. This will help to avoid confusion and prevent any accidents.


Step 9: Promote the event...spread the word

Step 9: Promote your field day event...spread the word

To ensure that all students are aware of the event and excited to participate, it is important to promote the event ahead of time. This can be done through posters, announcements, and social media posts. It is also a good idea to create a buzz by sharing pictures and videos of past field day events to get students excited about the upcoming event. By promoting Field Day in advance, more people will be aware of the event and may offer their support by volunteering their time or donating resources.


Step 10: Have fun and celebrate!

Step 10: Have fun and celebrate field day!

The most important part of field day is to have fun and celebrate together. Make sure that everyone knows they’re appreciated and celebrated, and recognize their efforts with certificates, awards or other tokens of appreciation. Field day can be a great opportunity to boost morale, promote teamwork and foster new relationships among students, staff, parents

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20 Showcase Field Day Activities

Get ready for a day of adventure with the following field day activities, relays and games that are sure to keep everyone engaged! The highlighted field day event categories listed below provide a wide selection of fun, including outdoor events on both the grass and hard surfaces, water activities, indoor gym-centered options - even some that can be enjoyed in the classroom or remotely from home. Whether you prefer individual tasks or a fun game to build team spirit - there's something here for everyone!

Field Day Pics - 20 Showcase Field Day Activities

Pic by PE with Mike Bohanon @mbohannon4


Outdoor Field Events

Field day, "outdoor field events" are typically a series of physical activities, games, relays or challenges that take place outside on a grassy field or large, open space area.

Field Events at Pickett's Mill Elementary School

1- Obstacle Course

Equipment: Hoops, Hurdles, Cones, Ropes, Balls, Buckets. Description: In relay lines, students take turns going through a course of hoops, ropes, hurdles and a toss challenge.

Obstacle Course

2- Soccer Dribble

Equipment: Soccer Balls, Tires, Polyspots. Description: In relay lines, students take turns dribbling a soccer ball, and taking it in and out of a tire using only their feet.

Soccer Dribble

Field Day - Outdoor Field Events


3- Tire or Hoop Roll

Equipment: Polyspots, Tires or Hoops, Cones. Description: In relay lines, students take turns rolling old tires or hula hoops around an end cone and back.

Tire or Hoop Roll

4- Tug-O-War

Equipment: Large Tug-O-War Rope, Marked Lines. Description: Students pull in small or large groups - two teams on either side of a rope, attempting to pull the middle flag past their pull line.


Field Day - Outdoor Field Events


There are many other events that work well on a grassy field. From hula hoop ring toss, beach ball swaps and hippity hop relays to hurdle runs, sack races and three-legged races - not to mention kickball games or a friendly game of beach volleyball; the possibilities for fun in an outdoor open space area are endless!

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Outdoor Hard Surface Events

Field day, "outdoor hard surface events" are typically physical activities, tasks, or games that take place on a hard or solid surface, such as a bus port, paring lot, basketball court, tennis court, or running track.

5- Jump Rope Relay

Equipment: Short Jump Ropes, Cones, Polyspots. Description: In relay lines, students running and jumping rope as they travel to an end cone and back.