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Click on the picture of the book cover for “Emily’s Patience” and you will go directly to the Archives of Canada, click on continue or just wait for 15 seconds and a free copy in printable PDF format will come up. You can read it online or print it.
Silly Team Field Day, Olympics (who has the silliest team?) You can choose your favourite games or do them all depending on the size of your group and how much time you want to spend on this very fun field day.
Fairly even teams will need to be organized (capability and size/wise) max. 10 teams of equal size, in some games a competitor may have to go more than once to have equal # of participations by each group. I am thinking that there will be caregivers who will assist with some of these games and am wondering about numbers of caregivers/vs children team sizes will need to be adjusted to accommodate. Each team will need a volunteer record keeper, this could be a caregiver or someone who does not want to be a player.
- Ball & Spoon Relay- participants on the team will be asked to complete a circuit relay with a ball or a waterballoon held in a large spoon, the spoon is held with 2 hands (if possible) and the competitor is not allowed to touch the ball with their hands at all or disqualification (these balls should be light and about the size of a grapefruit or smaller). To gain a point, the competitor must not drop the ball throughout the circuit and retain the ball in the spoon at the end of their circuit, completely stopped, for a count of 5 (the group is responsible for the loud countdown and cheering). Each successful circuit gets 1 point, only a designated number of circuits may be completed. (example if our game is given a participation number of 10, the circuit may be attempted 10 times not more).
- Basketball Court or just a Laundry Basket? Who cares? – “Stuffing the Basket” each team will get the opportunity to see how many baskets they can make throwing a stuffed animal instead of a basket ball, an assortment of animals will be available. Each team member will get 5 tries. Rule, do not cross the designated line. To get a point the player must get at least 1 basket. (only one point per person will be earned no matter how many baskets are achieved.)
- Beanbag Hoop Toss (like horse shoes with beanbags) Using a hula hoop, toss beanbags into the hoop, each team member gets 3 tries, player must stand behind the line, one point for each bag that makes it in. This game is funner with water balloons!
- Balloon-Athon the whole team stands in a designated (marked off) area and is not allowed to step out of that area, the balloon must be kept in the air by the whole team any way they can. For every minute that the ball remains in the air the team gets a point. 10 minutes maximum
- Super Soaker- Using a super soaker water shooter, the team takes turns relay style trying to fill a bucket which is marked with level- points. In 10 minutes how full can they get it?
- One Foot, Two Foot – The teams will be timed. Everyone Balancing on 1 foot, each player drops out as their 2nd foot comes down, until the last person puts their 2nd foot down, that time will give the team a ranking. (10-1 point) Teams can have up to 3 tries within 10 minutes to get their best time.
- Water Balloon Toss – each team gets a designated # (5-6?) of water balloons to toss back and forth between 2 team members, the number of balloons left at the end = points scored (c’mon you don’t really want to win!)
- Hit the Target- participants creep-walk up to a container ie a milk bottle with something between their knees, ie a clothespin or a penny and try to get the item into the bottle. 1 chance each in relays for not more than 10 minutes, items into the bottle= points
- Wheel Barrow Race – One participant is the gardener and one the wheelbarrow, how many teams of 2ea. from your team can make it across the line without collapse? Teams across = points
- 3 legged teams race – 2 people with their inside legs tied together make up the smaller teams within the team, how many can make it across the line without falling=points?
- Team Cheer Challenge – All teams are required to make up their own cheer with actions. This must be worked on at any time the team is waiting to play their next game if they have any dead time. The winner is decided at the end of the Olympics as each team must perform and be rated by the applause they elicit.
Recipe for Perfect Play-dough
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons “Cream of Tartar” (found in the grocery store spice section)
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 1 cup of water
- food colouring
Just mix the first four ingredients in a pot, add water and mix really well. Cook slowly over a medium heat while stirring continuously. The dough will become very hard to stir and will form a “clump”. Remove from heat and knead for 5 minutes, add food-colouring during this part of the process (wearing rubber gloves!). This play-dough will keep for a very long time if you store it in a covered plastic container or zip-lock bag in the fridge.
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