Field day is a much anticipated activity at many schools. Field days are often held outside toward the last day of school and involve physical outdoor games. However, sometimes having an outdoor field day is not an option, due to weather or space. Or maybe you want to have a field day activity in the middle of the school year. There are plenty of games and activities you can do indoors for a slightly different, yet still memorable, field day.
Indoor carnival games can be entertaining for children. A few ideas include games such as a beanbag toss, fishing pond, ring toss, indoor bowling or bingo. You could also line up several buckets and have the children toss ping pong balls into the buckets. These games don’t require a lot of space, and they are fairly easy to set up. Another plus is that all kids can take a turn to play so you won’t have anyone feeling left out.
Roll several pairs of socks into balls and divide them into two piles. Divide the children into teams and have each team on one side of the room, with a piece of tape marking the middle of the room. The children throw the sock balls across the room at the other team. The object of the game is to have the fewest number of sock balls on your side of the room when a buzzer is sounded. A variation of this could also be sock basketball, where you toss the sock balls into a wastebasket. The team with the most baskets wins.
Give each child a rolled up ball of yarn. Have the children hold on to one end of the string and toss the ball. Mark the spot where the ball lands. The child who can throw the ball farthest across the room wins.
Fill a small tub with random objects. Put a number of colored marbles in with the objects. Each student has 20 seconds to see how many marbles she can find. The child with the most marbles wins.
Ring on a String
Put a small ring (a shower curtain ring works well) on a large piece of string. Divide the class into two teams and have each team sit in a circle. Give a ring on a string to each team. Form the strings into circles, with each child holding onto part of the string. See how fast the students can pass the ring from one person to the next on the string.
Divide the class up into small groups of three to four people. Give each group a roll of toilet paper. Each group must wrap one of the children with the toilet paper. The group that uses the roll of toilet paper first to make a mummy wins.
Christy Lively has been writing professionally since 2001 for magazines such as "Atlanta Sports & Fitness," "Utah Outdoors Magazine," "Creating Keepsakes," "Southeastern Antiquing" and "Paper Crafts." Lively holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Brigham Young University and a Master of Education from the University of Utah.