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Summer Olympics Theme for Kids

June 3, 2011 04:50 by Barbara Shelby

OLYMPICS ARE A CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP, UNITY AND PEACE... If you are planning an "Olympic Themed Day, Week or Month" convey to  children in your program-- that this is an opportunity for Fun and Games, but most importantly, the activities are A CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP, UNITY AND PEACE...

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London from July 27 to  August 12 2012, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games from August 29 to September 9...


First a little FYI...

The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions, used alone, in one or in five different colors, which are, from left to right, blue, yellow, black, green and red. The Olympic symbol (the Olympic rings) expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games. (See more below in making an Olympic Flag)


WHAT EVENTS are played at the SUMMER Olympics? Impress the kids with how much you know! (Crafts and Activities follow this list)

There are both individual and team events in which archers battle in
a seeded knockout tournament, firing arrows at a target from 70 metres.

Aquatics consists of a range of sports including swimming, diving,
synchronized swimming and water polo. Open water swimming is included for the first time this year.

There are 47 different athletics events at the Olympics, 24 for men
and 23 for women. There is no 50km road walk for women, who also compete in the heptathlon rather than the decathlon, but otherwise the men's and women's events mirror each other.

There are five Olympic tournaments in the world's fastest racquet
sport: men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles. All are straight elimination events.

Two teams take turns batting and fielding and the object is to score
the most runs in nine innings. Baseball will disappear from the Olympics in 2012.

Each game consists of four periods of 10 minutes with five minutes
overtime allowed if a match is tied. Olympic basketball gold medals have ended up in American hands more often than not.

There are 11 weight categories contested in Olympic boxing - from light-flyweight (under 48kg) to super heavyweight (over 91kg). Only
amateur boxers between the ages of 17 and 34 are allowed to enter.

Men race in both canoes and kayaks, while women compete only in the
Flatwater canoe and kayak racing was first seen at the Olympics with
a demonstration competition in 1924, before it gained full medal status in 1936.

Men and women compete in all forms of cycling at the Olympics,
although a handful of track events are only open to men. Road races take place in two forms - straight races and time trials.

The three equestrian disciplines - show jumping, dressage and
three-day eventing, which have been part of the Olympic Games since 1912, are the only Games which allow men and women to compete on the same terms.

Fencing is split into three disciplines defined by the type of weapon
used. Epee events use a heavier blade, foil events use a lighter blade in which only the torso is a target, while the sabre is a light blade used to cut and thrust.

The Olympic football competition is effectively an under-23 World Cup
with 16 teams competing in the men's tournament and 12 in the women's. Professionals are allowed to participate, but in the men's tournament each nation is restricted to only three players over 23 years of age.

Olympic gymnastics consists of three disciplines; artistic, rhythmic
and trampoline. Both men and women compete in gymnastics, although each discipline differs greatly with individual and team medals also competed for.

Two teams of seven compete on indoor courts to score more goals than
the other by throwing the ball into the opposing net. Halves last 30 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between.

Field hockey is a 70-minute game split into two 35-minute halves,
while extra time and a penalty stroke competition may be played in the event of a tie. Both sides field 10 outfield players and a goalkeeper.

Judo is a traditional Japanese wrestling sport that dates back to the
1880s and means "the gentle way". Men and women compete in all seven weight classes, with men contesting bouts of five minutes and women four.

Modern pentathlon contains five sports - shooting, fencing, swimming, equestrian and running - which competitors undertake in the course of
a day. It is the only event which was created specifically for the modern Olympic Games.

There are 14 medal events in the Olympics with women competing in six
of these.The competition is made up of heats with the winner progressing to a semi final or sometimes straight to a six-boat final.

All 11 classes are sailed in a fleet racing format, whereby
contestants will race in a group around a course of buoys. Each boat earns a score equal to its finishing position, with the eventual winner having the lowest score.

The Olympics have 15 shooting events, six for women and nine for men.
For the rifle and pistol categories competitors shoot at targets on the shooting range. The shotgun category sees competitors shoot at clay targets.

Softball is the sole women-only sport in the Olympics. The game is
similar to baseball, with some key differences. Women's fast-pitch, the variation used is played over seven innings rather than nine, with a larger ball and pitching is underarm.

Table tennis lays claim to the title of the world's largest
participation sport - a fact attributed to its immense popularity in the Far East. There are four Olympic table tennis tournaments - singles and doubles for both men and women.

Taekwondo is one of many Korean martial art forms dating back to the
early 20th century. Men and women each compete in four different weight classes ranging From 80kg and above in men to below 49kg in women.

All Olympic tennis competitions are decided on a knockout basis. Each
nation may enter a maximum of six singles players and four doubles teams, who are put in different sections of the draw. For the singles competition 16 players are seeded, while the doubles draw includes eight seeded teams.

The Olympic triathlon, a continuous distance race consisting of
swimming, cycling and running, is contested by men and women in individual races. The event is made up of a 1.5km swim followed by a 40km cycle and ending in a 10km run.

Indoor volleyball is played by teams of six over a maximum of five
sets, with the first four won by the team who reaches 25 and the fifth by the team who reaches 15, though they must have a two-point advantage. The beach variety takes place on a smaller court with teams of two players.

There are two techniques in Olympic weightlifting - the snatch and
the clean and jerk - both performed by each athlete. There are eight weight categories in the men's event, ranging from 56kg to over 105kg. In the women's there are seven, starting at 48kg and going through to the over 75kg category.

Men's wrestling is contested in seven weight categories from
bantamweight to super heavyweight. All seven are contested in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. For the women there is no Greco-Roman .




The five colored rings on a white field form the Olympic Flag.
The flag was adopted in 1914, but the first Games at which it was
flown were Antwerp, 1920. It is hoisted at each celebration of the Games.
MAKE AN OLYMPICS FLAG (or flags) to have at your events or decorate
your room.
Explain to the children:
1. The five rings (circles) are interlocking on a white background.

The white background symbolizes peace.
The colors of red, blue, green, yellow, and black, were chosen
because each nation has at least one of these colors in its national flag.
2. The 5 rings represent the five major land areas of the world -
(show this land areas on a map or globe). The five interlocking rings represent the continents of Africa, Australia, Europe, The Americas, and Asia.
The rings are interlocked to show friendship among the nations.

MAKE FLAGS OF THE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED... Decorate the room with the flags. You can also PUT UP A WORLD MAP with the continents of Africa, Australia, Europe, The Americas, and Asia



Paper plates (five)
Steak Knife (optional)
Hole punch
1. Cut out the center of five paper plates.
It's easier to use a knife or scissors to make a slit in the center
of the plate, then use scissors to finish cutting out the inner circle.
2. Use markers or paint to color each plate the color of the Olympic
rings. (Color one plate blue, one black, one red, one yellow and one green.)
3. Arrange the plates in the order the Olympic rings are in the
Olympic symbol. The Olympic rings on the upper row are, from left to right, blue, black and red. The Olympic rings on the lower row are yellow and green.
4. Staple the plates together to create an Olympic rings decoration.

5. If you want to hang your Olympic rings as a decoration, use a hole punch to create two holes in the top and hang it with string.



Cut five large ring shapes out of sturdy paper.
Have children work together to color or paint each ring one of these
colors: red, green, black, yellow, and blue.
Arrange the rings on a plain white sheet of butcher paper and hang it
up for closing ceremonies or a room decoration.



An empty plastic small drink bottle
Aluminum foil
Red/yellow/orange paper
Sticky tape.
Sand paper
Cut the bottom from the drinks bottle and discard. You may need to
smooth the edges for young children. Wrap the bottle in aluminum foil, tape down any loose edges. This is the torch...

To make the FLAME...
Cut flame shaped pieces from the paper and tape to the inside of the
torch. Start with small pieces at the edge that get bigger as you work in.

The TORCH PART can also be made from paper towel roll tubes--and covered in tin-foil...




You will need:
Green construction paper
Glue stick
Sticky tape
Cut a strip of paper about 1 1/2 inches wide. Measure it around the
child's head and cut to size.
Cut out MANY leaf shapes and glue them along the length of the
strip---leaving a couple of inches at either end. Tape the two ends of the band together.

The first Olympic games were held in 776 BC. The olive tree played a
crucial role in this event. The OLYMPIC Winners were awarded with a crown woven from olive branches...The first Olympic torch was a burning olive branch.



Pipe cleaners, masking tape, crayons, markers or paint.
Make a leaf template; trace and cut out the needed number of leaves-
Use a string to measure your head.
1. Color the leaves on both sides green.
2. Tape a leaf to the end of the pipe cleaner and secure it with
tape. Tape leaves half way down one pipe cleaner.
3. Take another pipe cleaner and place a leaf on its end. Then twist
it together with the other pipe cleaner.
4. Add leaves half way down the pipe cleaner.
Use the string to measure the pipe cleaners. When the pipe cleaners
length matches the string length add a leaf at the end. Twist the pipe cleaner to make a circle and secure with tape.



MAKE AN OLYMPIC GAME MASCOT  ( To the left are Wenlock and Mandeville~ mascots for the 2012 Olympics starting  July 27 in London--)

Materials for your own class/school/program mascots...

Put out assorted art materials such as:
Styrofoam shapes, pipe cleaners, toilet paper tubes, tin foil, google
eyes, paint, spangles, scraps of material, etc. Possibilities are endless) With the children make a list of the qualities a mascot should have. (See the FYI-list the end of this entry)

• Have children design and make Olympic mascots for you school or program.
Make your character so it has all of the qualities of an Olympic
Use a variety of art materials to make the mascots unique.
Give the mascot a name.
Display the mascots in your room.

Since the first mascot in Olympic history made its appearance at the
1972 Munich Olympic Games, Olympic Mascots have become a main element of the Olympic image. As a unique and popular image full of vitality, a mascot is able to materialize the Olympic spirit, communicate the concepts of each Olympic Games, promote the history and culture of the host city and create a festive atmosphere for the Games. Mascots act as a significant vehicle for communicating the Olympic spirit to the general public, especially children and youth. Whatever shapes they have, they fundamentally share a creative rationale, that is, the mascots must be able to convey the theme of the Olympic Games, showcase the distinctive geographical features, history and culture unique to the host city. (Click here to learn the symbolism of this years mascots-you will be taken off of KidActivities site)


THEMED PAPER PONCHOS (Good for Pre-K to about grade 2)

1. Take a large piece of butcher or roll paper.
Fold it in half, and cut out a neck hole along the fold to make a
2. Next decorate the ponchos in interesting designs---or to go with a
THEMED day/week or party!
3. Example: Decorate your poncho with an American Flag or red, white
and blue for a Patriotic or Olympic theme!



1. Plan the Olympic Games for the children. (Lots of games
on KidActivities!!!)
2. Decide how many teams you will have.
3. Divide the kids into the teams.
4. Have each group decorate a banner with their team name and symbol.
5. Meet with staff members regarding who is to do what.

--This will kick off the whole event. 

  • Explain what games will be involved in the competitions, how competitors are expected to win and lose graciously, and point out how much fun the day will be.
  • Organize the children to march around an area holding their banners.
Play the Olympic theme or the "Star-Spangled Banner."



   Post the rules of the games and review the rules with the children and place signs where events are located.


Everyone's a winner!
Call each child's name, and pass out medals, certificates, and prizes


LET THE GAMES BEGIN Part 1! Some ideas to consider...


Need: Small paper bag, newspaper, string

Stuff a small paper bag with newspaper. Tie it off with a 12" long string. Hold the end of the string. Spin around 3 times. Let go. Watch how far the hammer travels. Record distances. The longest distance wins.
Need: soda straws, waste paper basket, tape
Tape 4 straws together end to end. Mark a starting line behind which
all players must stand. Place a wastepaper basket 5 feet from the starting line. Throw straws into the wastebasket. Give each player 5 turns. The winner is the child who gets the straws into the basket the most times.
Mark a starting line with tape. Start with the toes behind the line.
Take one giant step. Measure the step. The winner is the one who took the biggest step.
Make a ball out of aluminum foil. Hold the ball in the palm of one
hand. Instruct children to place that hand next to their ear and then push the shot into the air extending their arms. They can not move their feet. Record distances; the longest distance wins.
Use a Frisbee to play discus...or...
Tape two heavy foam plates together. Hold the "discus" like a flying
disk. Throw away from the waist. Record distances. The longest distance wins

You can have competitions involving pairs and singles.
You will need a judge to determine if shots are in or out in the
event there is a question.
Use the official badminton rules or make your own that are consistent
for every team.
Set goals at least 15 feet apart. Goals can be as simple as a
rope anchored in the ground.
Play the best two out of three games.
Keep scores for medals and prizes.

Can you play any of the games mentioned above such as:
VOLLEYBALL? They're all summer Olympic Games!!!

In preparation for YOUR Summer Olympics you will need:
  • Stop watches
  • Tape measures
  • Whistles for the game officials
  • Equipment that each game requires



Check out the great ideas in the RACES, RELAYS, BALLOONS & BEANBAG Category...All great games for an Olympics type theme! There are more than 45 games in that Category!

Also look at ideas in the OUTDOOR WATER PLAY CATEGORY. Towards the page bottom is a description of a WATER THEMED FIELD DAY!


 Submitted by Doreen Z from Mi./Fla
On rainy days have kids MAKE RIBBONS FOR DIFFERENT EVENTS for the summer or end of school year.  
Use permanent markers or fabric paint to make ribbons for events/games such as:
Best waterballoon maker, 1st in water relay, Big drip award, Little dripper award, etc.

At the end of the day when the kids are drying off and after clean up--pass out the awards. See how many they can collect during camp, field day, or the school year.



 Every four years the world celebrates as the athletes take an oath...
In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.

Have your kids put up their right hand and say an oath/promise at the beginning of your games...
A simplified version for the kids to say before THEIR events is...

"I promise follow the rules of the games...
To be fair...
To be a good sport... and honor my teams!
I'll remember to play for fun!


This is a good time to gather the children with their Olympic flags and medals and make a group picture or individual pictures before and at the closing ceremony after the games. Make sure someone has a camera and video camera during the events!




Five Home-made or purchased "ring" cookies (round cookies with a hole
in the center) per child.
"Writing frosting" in red, green, black, blue and yellow or add food
coloring to white frosting.

Decorate each cookie with a different color frosting. Lay out the cookies on a plate in the pattern of the Olympic rings. Enjoy and Eat!



#1. Have each child bring in a half cup of their favorite snack (You can offer parents suggestion at this point: cereal, raisins, crackers, etc) When you get all of the snacks--- mix them all in a huge bowl and serve them for snack.

Talk about how DIFFERENT THINGS GO TOGETHER to make something very good. This helps get the ideas of diversity, sharing, cooperation, and trying new things across.

#2. Do the same as above, however,USE FRUIT instead of snack mixes.
1. Have each child bring in one can or piece of fresh fruit
2. talk about how different things go together,to make something very
good. This helps get the ideas of diversity, sharing, cooperation, and trying new things across.
3. Donate any left-over cans to a shelter


Many ideas can be used for promoting 'Spirit' in your program Olympics Day or Theme...




Use caution when it's hot outside, especially for active kids.
In high temperatures, kids don't sweat as much as adults do, so it's harder for them to cool off. This makes them more at risk for dehydration and heat exhaustion.

WHEN IT'S HOT OUTSIDE and kids are playing sports-or even just actively playing-head off problems by making sure they DRINK FLUIDS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER ACTIVITY. As a guideline, encourage AT LEAST 4 ounces of fluid EVERY 15-20 minutes, or whenever there's a break or time-out.
Tip: One ounce equals about one "gulp'--therefor 4 gulps are needed for eveery 15 to 20 minutes!


USA Patriotic Theme!

June 2, 2011 22:00 by Barbara Shelby

 Updated June, 2013



This category is filled with ideas for RED, WHITE & BLUE DAYS!  Crafts, Art, Games, and more! (Red, White & Blue Food is on Page 2)
Consider some of these activities for themes of:  Patriotic, Uncle Sam, USA Olympics, Flag Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Fireworks, Labor Day or the Last Week of School or Good Old USA Days!


Craft foam
Sharpened pencil Elastic cording
Red-and-white striped straws or drink stirrers
Time needed: About 1 Hour
1. Cut out craft foam stars and use a shapened pencil to poke a hole in the middle of each one.
2. String them onto a length of elastic cording, alternating the stars with sections of straw or drink stirrer. Knot and wear.


Felt paper in red, white, and blue, white star stickers, dowel stick, glue, and scissors.
Give each child a large rectangle piece of white felt. Students (or the teacher) will cut out a blue square and 7 red strips. Glue onto white felt rectangle to resemble flag. Once dry, have students place white star stickers onto blue felt square. Glue the edge of the flag to the dowel stick and let dry (it may be best to use a glue gun). Let dry.


Kids will have fun at parades and other celebrations with these hand held ribbon streamers. With just a few strands of ribbon you can create an accessory that looks cool when kids run or dance with it.
What you'll need:
Paper towel roll tube
Tacky glue
Roll of red ribbon
Roll of blue ribbon
Roll of white ribbon
Roll of striped red, white, and blue ribbon
Hole punch
Measuring tape, ruler, or yardstick
1.  Wrap the striped red, white, and blue ribbon around the paper towel tube, applying tacky glue under the ribbon as you work. You can wrap the ribbon at an angle or horizontally, whatever you prefer.
2.  After ribbon is applied and glue has dried, punch 9 holes in the bottom of the paper towel tube with the hole punch.
3.  Cut three strips of red ribbon that are 46 inches long. Cut three strips of blue ribbon that are 46 inches long. Cut three strips of white ribbon that are 46 inches long.
4. Tie a knot in the top of each strip of ribbon.
5. Pull each of the strips through the holes so the knot is on the inside
of the tube.
If you can't find striped red, white, and blue ribbon, you can wrap around individual strips of red, white, and blue ribbon.


This project is a FUN way to decorate for any patriotic holiday, or to show your USA pride all year-round! American Flag Windsocks are easy to make and perfect for Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

  • Remove cover and cut bottom off oatmeal box.
  • Cover box with blue construction paper.
  • Decorate box with stickers and glitter.
  • Cut red and white crepe paper streamers, glue to bottom end of box.
  • Punch four holes along the top end of the box.
  • Cut two pieces of string about a foot long.
  • Tie strings to the holes you have just punched, tie opposite ends of strings to holes on opposite side.
  • Cut an additional longer piece of string. To hang windsock---tie this to the other two strings.

Hang windsock from porch, window or a tree!

 TIP: 'USA UNCLE SAM WINDSOCK'...All Windsocks can be decorated to any theme such as this photo example. For this windsock, it is suggested to start painting/decorating from the top and work your way down.


  Cover toilet tissue tubes with red or blue construction paper and have children decorate them with silver star stickers.
2.  Cut red, white and blue crepe-paper streams --into long and narrow strips. Have children glue the strips to one end of their tubes to make pompoms for shaking.


 DECORATE WITH RED-WHITE AND BLUE TWIRLERS! A fun craft and nice decoration

 Hang from a window frame, tree, ceiling or porch!
Plastic coffee can lids (Lids come in a variety of colors), Marker, Scissors, String


  •  To make one, use a nail to poke a hole in the center of a plastic coffee can lid.
  • With a marker, draw a spiral that starts 3/8 inch from the hole (it keeps going around itself in circular pattern) and gradually extends to the rim---then cut along the line with scissors.
  • Knot an end of a piece of string, thread the other end up through the hole in the center, and the twirler is ready to hang up and spin.
  • To spin, grasp each one at the bottom, twirl it around and around until the string is wound tight, let go and enjoy.  (Source: FamilyFun-but have also seen on CafeMom)


Cut stars out of red, white and blue construction paper.
Make a head band out of white construction paper (make it long enough to fit around the child's head).
Glue stars on the band.
Red, white and blue stickers can also be added.
Allow the glue to dry.
Place band around child's head to get the size right.
Staple the band to make a circle.


Paper plate, white tissue paper, red tissue paper, blue tissue paper
silver streamers or ribbon, silver of white pipe cleaner, glue, stapler
1.  Start by cutting out the center of a paper plate - discard the center.
2. Cut tissue into 6"x6" squares. Scrunch a piece of tissue up and dab it into the glue and place on the plate.
3.  Continue doing this and alternating colors until the plate rim is filled all the way up.
4.  Add a little sparkle by adding some silver streamers or ribbon here and there.
5.  Staple a pipe cleaner to the back of the wreath to make a hanger.


Red plastic plates (two for each Frisbee)
Steak Knife (optional)
Large Ziploc baggie
Red, white and blue or multi-colored sequins
1. Cut out the center of two red plastic plates. 
(Create a slit in the plastic plates with a knife. Next have children cut the rest of the center out with a pair of scissors.)
2. Fill the large plastic bag with colored sequins. 
(The Frisbee works better if you don’t put in too many sequins.
3. Place the plastic bag filled with sequins in between the two plates.
4. Staple the two plates together around the edges with the plastic bag in between. 
(It helps to have one person hold the plastic bag on each end so it’s taut, while the other person staples the plates together.) 5. Trim the parts of the plastic bag that hang outside the edge of the plates.
6. Go outside and throw the new Frisbee! 


Starfish (Real starfish)
Red Acrylic Paint
Blue Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
1) Paint red stripes on star fish leaving the upper left quadrant blank.
2) Paint blue in the upper left quadrant.
3) Allow to dry.
4) Paint small white stars in the blue painted section




Don't forget to put out the red, white and blue pony beads to have the children create necklaces and bracelets.

Put out red, white, and blue embroidery floss for 'FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS!


Make a decorative string of stars to celebrate any red-white and blue day!
Construction paper (red, white and blue)
String or yarn (red, white or blue)
A stapler, tape, or glue
Star template to trace...
1.  Make large star cardboard templates for the kids to trace.
2.  After stars are traced---Cut them out and decorate it if you like.
3.  Fold over one tip of the star and staple, tape, or glue the star to a length of string.
4.  Make many stars and attach them to the string.
5.  Leave some extra string at the edges for hanging.
Now you can decorate any area with a patriotic flair!


Need: Plastic film canisters, popcorn kernels, stickers, glue, glitter, paint markers, red, white, and blue ribbon...
1.  Have children fill the film canister halfway with corn kernels and decorate with stickers.
2.  Staff members can then poke a hole in the lid of each canister and children can thread some curly ribbon through the hole.
3.  Knot the ribbon on the underside of the lid and let the rest stream out of the top.


Need: Cardbord tissue tubes and red, white, and blue streamers
1.  To make the streamers, have children glue (or have a staff member staple) lengths of crepe paper to the inside of a cardboard tube.
2.  Decorate as desired


PARTY CRACKERS (Not the kind you eat…)

  • To make party crackers, take an old paper towel roll and cut it in half or thirds.
  • Place small favors such as erasers, tiny toys, stickers, or small wrapped candy inside.
  • Roll the filled paper towel roll in party wrapping paper allowing extra paper at both ends.
  • Twist the excess wrapping paper at each end and tie with ribbon or yarn. Party crackers!!!


White craft foam
Wooden craft spoon
Googly eyes
Cotton balls
Self-adhesive pinback
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cut out a basic Uncle Sam-style hat (about 2 inches tall and 1 inch wide) from white craft foam.
2. Use markers to color the brim blue and to draw red stripes on the top.
3. Glue the hat TO THE HANDLE of a wooden craft spoon iIf necessary, first use scissors to trim the wooden handle so that it's shorter than the hat). 4. Glue on googly eyes and a cotton ball beard, then draw on a small L-shaped nose.
5. Attach a self-adhesive pinback (sold at many craft and bead stores), and your Uncle Sam pin is ready to wear.


Supplies: An unglazed terracotta plant pot
Red, white and blue acrylic paint
1.  Paint the rim of the flowerpot white and the lower part of the pot blue (or paint the rim blue and the lower part white).
2.  Let the paint dry. A second coat may be needed, especially for the white paint.
3.  No matter which style you choose...Paint white stars on the blue portion; paint red stripes on the white part.


Whether it’s a Parade, Presidents' Day, a 4th of July celebration or any other fun event you attend, this patriotic wand is perfect for showing your pride.
You'll need:
1 sheet blue construction paper
24” strip red crepe paper streamer
24” strip white crepe paper streamer
Star shaped stickers

1. Roll blue construction paper into a tight cone and tape closed.
2. Cut each crepe paper strip into 3 parts of equal length. Next, cut strips in half lengthwise, creating two thin strips from each regular strip. You should end up with six strips of each color.
3. Place a small piece of tape at the end of one of the red strips. Press the tape inside the top of the cone. Repeat this step using a white strip. Repeat for remaining strips, alternating between red and white, work your way around the top of the cone so that your streamers are equally distributed.
4. Decorate strips and cone with star stickers.

To make a sturdier parade stick, try using card stock or poster board for the handle.
   • Get stickers from the dollar store or check the clearance racks at the craft supply or discount department store.
   • Allow children to be creative by decorating with other items such as gems and glitter glue. Source: Amanda Formaro 


With plastic pony beads, ribbons, chenille stems, lanyard and tissue paper, kids can decorate the center and themselves.


Add red, white and blue star beads to SHOE LACES

Lace red white and blue bead strands to clip on patio umbrellas. Use a chenille stem to bead stars to add to the ends.

Make red, white and blue TISSUE FLOWERS. Put in vases/jars or tie them on curling ribbon to decorate the corners of a picnic table. See 'tissue making flower ideas' in the "Flowers Category" of this site.


Gather several packages of red, white, and blue beads and white pipe cleaners. Make a few example patterns with the beads on the pipe cleaners. Set the remaining beads and pipe cleaners on a table and allow the children to copy any of the patterns on their own pipe cleaners.


***Idea: Provide cardboard TP tubes, aluminum foil, craft paper, markers , gift wrap ribbon, tape, glue and scissors to build creative rockets...


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Use dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter. These fireworks pictures are great decorations...
Black or very dark construction paper
White glue
Old newspapers
A straw (optional)
1.  Work on old newspapers.
2.  Spread glue on the paper in geometric shapes. If the glue is soft enough, you can put a small blob of glue on the paper, and then blow some air through a straw to spread it into interesting shapes. You can experiment with the consistency of the glue and the angle of the straw.
3.  Sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Slide the excess glitter off your picture and back into the glitter container.


IDEA #2 Bursts of PAINT that resemble FIREWORKS in the Sky...
Acrylic paint
Drinking straw
Paper (or card stock)
Time needed: 30 Minutes or Less...

For each color: In a paper cup--dilute some acrylic paint with water to a runny consistency. Using a paintbrush, drip a few drops of paint onto a piece of paper or card stock (be sure to rinse the brush between colors). Hold  a drinking straw directly over each puddle of paint and blow gently to create a spectacular starburst effect.


Flour, Salt, Water, Red and blue food coloring, Empty squeeze bottles (mustard bottles work well), Cardboard
Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water to make the puffy paint.
2. Divide mixture into three different bowls and color one bowl of mixture blue, one bowl red, and leave the last one white.
3. Fill the mustard bottles with the mixture (one color per squeeze bottle).
4. Let the children squeeze the different colors onto the cardboard.
5. When they're dry, the design will be raised and will sparkle!


Dip the end of a Q-tip in glue and glitter and have children glue them on a black piece of paper in the shape of a star - they look like fireworks!





Pull out the red, white and blue paint. PAINT STARS OR A FLAG on the cheeks/face of the kids!


1.  Gather red, and blue paint---take it outside and paint the grass blade tops!
2.  Set 'white' paper on the painted grass. These are lawn prints, but will resemble fireworks on the paper.
TIP: You can also use different colors for a non-thematic "quick" activity.
This is adapted from an idea by caregiver of autistic children.


This actvity is especially good with young children!
1.  Put out pre-cut-shapes of the flag ---blue rectangles, red stripes, and sticky stars.
2.  Instruct the children to create anything they'd like... Some may look like the American flag and some may look like abstract collages---but all will be patriotic!


Bring out the artistic side of your celebrants by setting out colored chalk and inviting them to draw a RED, WHITE & BLUE HOLIDAY SIDEWALK MURAL. They might try their hand at colorful fireworks, or as a team--create a giant American flag. The bigger kids can sketch the outline and work on the stars, while the younger ones can help with the stripes. If you have a sunny, dry month---your sidewalk show of patriotism could keep the spirit alive for weeks.


The finished products resemble brilliant fireworks displays
Materials: Several stalks of Queen Anne's Lace, red, yellow and white paint, dark paper.
1. Pour paint into shallow containers.
2. Have the children dip the Queen Anne's Lace blossoms into paint and lightly dab them on their papers.


Red and blue tempera paint, Sponges cut into stars and long strips, White construction paper
Let the children make sponge prints on the white paper with the red and blue paint.
Gather a few star-shaped cookie cutters and shallow bowls of red and blue tempera paint. Put out all materials for children to press the cookie cutters into the paint and then onto a piece of construction paper to make star shaped prints
Have a flag as a guide for the kids to follow. Tearing strips of red, white and blue paper, have children glue them onto a large sheet of construction paper. Make sure they know what size they should be trying to tear for the stars, stripes, etc. This is a good idea for younger children but the older may also enjoy it. 


Make your favorite play dough recipe and add RED food coloring, jello or kool-aid to one portion, BLUE to another--- and leave SOME AS IS. (Make it with the children) Put dough out along with 'star shaped' cookie cutters and let children create! (Lots of Play Dough recipes here)


Materials Needed
Red, white and blue paint
Paint Trays
Sheet of paper 2' x 3' or larger

1. On the large sheet of paper, draw lines for stripes and paint a blue square in the upper left corner.
2. Have the children fill in the bottom stripe by dipping their hands in the red paint and pressing them end to end within the lines of the stripe. Using the white paint, have them make a white stripe just above it the same way.
3. Continue until you have all 13 stripes filled with hand prints.
4. Have the children dip their fingertips in paint and make the "stars" in the blue square.
Extension Idea:
Have children make our country's very first flag in the same manner and discuss why it looks different from the flag we have today.


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Have the kids make small U.S. flags and place them in red, white, and blue sand pails with sand filler at the bottom. Turn this decoration into a game.
1.  Divide the kids into two teams and have them run, grab a flag, and quickly walk back to the team line.
2.  The next person must do the same. The team with all of the flags in hand the quickest wins!
3.  Be sure to have the kids take the flags home!


1.  Boil a dozen eggs and color some red and blue. (Be sure to keep some white!)
2.  Divide the kids into two teams, and provide each with a spoon and eggs.
3.  The kids balance a colored egg on their spoon and walk quickly from one end of the game area to the other and return.
4.  If the egg drops, the team member must begin again.
5.  The first team with all members completing the relay race wins!



Two sets of clothing consisting of: Uncle Sam's hat, a white beard, a blue jacket or shirt, red clip-on bow tie, and a bell.
1.  Separate players into two equal lines spaced approximately 6 feet apart.
2.  Place a set of clothing at the beginning of each line; then place a bell approximately 15 feet in front of each line.
3.  On 'go', the first player in line dresses up in the clothing; then MARCHES to the bell.
4.  When they reach the bell, they pick it up with their left hand, turn and face their teammates and then ring the bell.
5. They replace the bell and MARCH back to the front of their line--remove the clothing--and go to the end of their line.
6. The next player repeats the process; repeat until the last player finishes. The first team to finish is the winner.


***Click for a great variety of RELAY RACES and picnic games ...(Races, Relays, Balloon and Bean Bag Fun!) You may also like some PARACHUTE GAMES!


Check out the  RED, WHITE & BLUE JOKES on

FUN IDEA → If you're having a party, as a warm-up game write down jokes on individual slips of paper. Half the kids/guests get the Question--and the other half get the Answer! Good fun with kids trying to find their Question and Answer match! 



This is a fun project but NOT a recipe for drinking
You’ll Need
Whole milk (must be whole milk...project needs the fat!)
A baking pan
Food coloring
Liquid dishwashing soap
Pour the milk into the baking pan.
2. Drop several different colors of food coloring all around the milk.
3. Add a “squirt” or two of the dishwashing liquid, and watch the colors burst and swirl. The dishwashing liquid separates the fat from the other liquids in the milk. If the fireworks slow down, just add another squirt of dishwashing liquid



#1 Idea
Make tie-dyed looking red, white and blue carnations. These flowers look great for any red-white & blue theme!.
You’ll Need:
2 glasses
Red and blue food coloring
White carnations
Green thread
1.  Pour water into a glass of water. Add 7 to 8 drops of red food coloring to the glass.
2.  Pour water into another glass and add 7 to 8 drops of blue food coloring to the glass.
3.  Cut the stem of a white carnation lengthwise. This will make the carnation stem into two thin stems.
4.  Set the two glasses of colored water together. Put half of the stem of the carnation into the red water and the other half into the blue water.
5.  Let the carnation sit for a few hours. The carnation will begin to change gradually into red and blue.
6.  Take the flower out of the mixture in just a few hours before the colors can change the white carnation entirely. You want it so that some of the white is still on the carnation.
7.  Wrap the stems together with green thread and place the carnation into a clear vase of water. Make several flowers and show off your beautiful red, white and blue flowers in a vase.

Kids will enjoy making these using white flowers such as daisies, mums and carnations.
1.  Pour water into a canning jar with several drops of red or blue food coloring.
2.  Place the flowers into the jar over night. Don't forget to set some of the white flowers aside to add to the bouquet.
3.  In the morning, place all of the flowers into a fresh vase of water and tie red, white and blue ribbon around the top of the jar.


MENTOS ERUPTION -- Soda Geyser-- or just Diet Coke and Mentos

(Do this outside) This is a reaction between Mentos candy and cola. The experiment involves dropping several Mentos candies (usually 5–8) into a bottle of diet cola resulting in an eruption occurring because of rapidly expanding carbon dioxide bubbles on the surface of the Mentos.

I  tried this experiment with three of my grandsons (Ages 6, 8,11-see photo) They all loved it! We quickly put five mentos into the Coke. The reaction starts immediately-so be quick!

If you want an explanation:
There are various theories being debated as to the exact scientific explanation of the phenomenon, many scientists claim that it is a physical reaction and not a chemical one. Water molecules strongly attract each other, linking together to form a tight connection around each bubble of carbon dioxide gas in the soda. To form a new bubble, water molecules must push away from one another. It takes extra energy to break this surface tension. So, in other words, water resists the expansion of bubbles in the soda.


When Mentos are dropped into soda, the gellan gum and gum arabic of the candy dissolves and breaks the surface tension. This disturbs the water connection, so that it takes less work to expand and form new bubbles. Each Mentos candy has thousands of tiny pores over its surface. These tiny pores function as nucleation sites, perfect places for carbon dioxide bubbles to form. As soon as the Mentos enter the soda, bubbles form all over their surface. They quickly sink to the bottom, causing carbon dioxide to be released by the carbonated liquid with which they come into contact along the way. The sudden increase in pressure pushes all of the liquid up and out of the bottle.

ALKA-SELTZER ROCKET (Also fun for the 4th!) a model rocket fashioned from a 35mm film canister and propelled by the generation of gas from an effervescent liquid. It is often used in science classes to demonstrate principles of chemistry and physics to students.

1.  In the experiment, a film canister is filled with water and an effervescent tablet (commonly Alka-Seltzer) and tightly sealed.
2.  After a short time, the evolved carbon dioxide reaches sufficient pressure to cause the body of the canister to be launched into the air with a popping sound.
3.  The canister may be elaborated with paper fins to resemble more closely a real rocket.

Lessons based around the Alka-Seltzer rocket can focus on a number of principles. For example, the students are sometimes asked to experiment with the amounts of water and Alka-Seltzer to find the combination which propels the rocket the greatest distance.
Alternatively they may derive equations to calculate the speed and velocity of the rocket from the distance it travels.



Have a child's wagon you're not using? Plan ahead for your 'Patriotic celebration' and fill that wagon with red, white, and blue flowers. Include a sweet alyssum border, geraniums, lobelia, cosmos, begonias, and impatiens. For the finishing touch, add American flags to the mix.




Sung to tune of "Mary had a Little Lamb"
Our flag is red, white, & blue
red, white & blue
red,white & blue
Our flag is red, white, & blue
in the U.S.A.
Our flag has 50 stars,
50 stars, 50 stars,
Our flag has 50 stars, in the U.S.A.
Our flag has 13 stripes,
13 stripes, 13 stripes,
Our flag has 13 stripes,
in the U.S.A.
"Down By the Station"
Down at the flagpole,
Early in the morning,
We will raise our flag,
The red, white, and blue.
We stand at attention,
It's something that we do.
We salute the colors,
The red, white, and blue.
"When the Saints Come Marching In"
Oh, when the flag comes marching in,
Oh, when the flag comes marching in,
How I love to see its three colors,
The red, white, and blue

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1.  Using crepe paper and streamers, have the kids DECORATE THEIR BIKES, scooters, wagons, and younger children’s strollers. You can also attach playing cards to the frame so they hit the spokes & sound like a wheel of fortune.
2.  Make musical instruments from ‘Recycled materials’. See 
gads of instrument ideas on KidActivities.
3.  You could also take shoe boxes and have the children make “themed’ floats from them! These could be carried in the parade.
4.  Encourage all to wear red, white and blue clothing!

 You now have all the makings for a great parade!!!

Plan your parade route and then hand out fliers to alert your potential audience of the event--- which would be your neighborhood and parents. Invite all to watch!

You can parade around the school or center block, track or playground. Ride the decorated vehicles, wave banners and march, play the pre-made (and practiced on) instruments, sing, and have a great time!!!

Consider having an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL!
You can also give out awards ...such as the Best Red, White and Blue Bicycle; Most Original Bicycle; Most Creatively Decorated Bicycle; Most Appealing to Spectators, Smallest, Most Covered, Most Unique, etc.

ANOTHER IDEA with bikes...
You can also have a "SLOWEST BICYCLE RACE" with decorated bikes... See the
Mixing Math and Fun Category (near the bottom of the category page.) 
Add this to ideas for a 'Red, White & Blue' program parade around the neighborhood!!! We did one with our families last year and it was great fun!!! We're in a quiet neighborhood---advertised for two weeks before---and had all the neighborhood out to watch us! Cassie/Mi.

To keep your lawn chair spectators happy, consider enlisting some of the following:
  •   Families carrying homemade banners pinned across a broomstick.
  •   Pets with red, white and blue ribbons in their leashes or collars.
  •   A parent and kid kazoo band.
  •   In-line skaters wearing red, white and blue T-shirts and helmets, of course.
  •   Bigger kids dribbling red, white and blue basketballs or soccer balls.
  •   A teenage DJ carrying a boom box playing patriotic songs.
  •   Bikes, strollers, wagons and wheelchairs sporting streamers and balloons.
  •   A minuteman marching band featuring kids playing oatmeal-container drums and paper-towel-roll fifes. Band students can chime in with their trumpets and clarinets, and even moms and dads can dust off their old instruments and join the fun.
A clown (a parent dressed in costume) tossing penny candy to the crowd.
  •   Use tape, streamers, flags and balloons to transform a fleet of wagons into patriotic parade floats.



CAN YOU NAME THE ORIGINAL 13 COLONIES? Have a quiz to see how many the kids can correctly name. You can also have the kids guess in pairs or teams! (You may also be interested in the 'Colonial Theme' for some great ideas)

Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia

Betsy Ross --but the answer (according to the experts at the 'Betsy Ross house') is that it was possibly designed by Francis Hopkinson, a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The stars on the flag were in a circle so that no one colony would be viewed above another. It is reported that George Washington said, "Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens."

This is page 1, Go to Page 2 ~ Pariotic Red, White & Blue Food  


You may also be interested in the 'Cherry Theme'...lots of good ideas that would work with some Red-White-and Blue' Summer Time Fun!

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'Traveling Around the World' is a great theme for multicultural experiences as well as popular for classroom, day camp and childcare programs! Category resources available at this time are:
  •All Multicultural Diversity Categories


Races, Relays, Balloons & Bean Bag Games!

February 27, 2010 05:39 by Barbara Shelby

Updated January 2013

THE FOLLOWING GAMES ARE GREAT FOR BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PLAY--as well as parties, themes and Red, White and Blue Days! Below are relay and races as well as games that use bean bags, eggs, and balloons!


Two newspaper sheets required per player.
Each player must race to the turning point and back, stepping only on his newspapers.
He steps on one, lays the other in front of him steps on it, moves the first forward, and steps on it and so on.


Players run to turning point, stop, lie down on their backs, fold hands across chest and get up without moving their arms, and run back to finish line.


HUMAN HURDLE (Must have at least 10 players)

1. Divide players into 2 teams...with each team laying in a circle.(Be sure there is a wide space between each player and heads are towards the center of the circle.

2. Assign each team member a number. (If there are 6 players on each team, each team player will be number 1 through 6) #1 on each team, gets up and runs over the bodies in the group--until they get back to their own spot.

3. #2 gets up and does the same. The first team to have all runners 'hurdle'--is the winner!



1. Have kids get into pretzel positions by standing on their left leg.
2. Lift the right leg and cross it in front of the left knee.
3. Cross arms in front of the body.
4. On the word "go" hop to the finish line. The "pretzel" who gets to the finish line 1st wins.


All members in the team stand astride. Runners must first crawl under the legs of all players in the team--run forward to the turn around point --and return to tag the next person of the team who does the same thing as the first player. Play continues...


Children stand in partners in a double circle.
The partners skip around the circle.
On signal, the inside person stops, folds their arms and puts their legs apart.
The outside person runs around the circle, goes through partner's tunnel and sits cross-legged on the inside of the circle.


Lay a broom across two chairs for each team.
Form teams and direct them to run from the starting line to the broom, crawl under the broom without knocking it off, and then run back to the starting line where they  tag the next guest in line.
Continue until each guest has had a turn.
The team to finish first wins.


Team formation, Players #1 stand facing the goal.
Player #2 stands beside him, with his back to the goal.
The two players link elbows and on the signal, the pair run to the goal and back.
One person runs backward each time.
The rest of the players repeat the same action until every person has a turn.


Partners assume the Wheel barrow and pusher position.
On the signal, advance to the turning point where they change positions and return to the starting line.


Need several balls and a bat, broom, or yardstick for each team.
Put teams in separate lines (rows).
First child takes the ball and pushes or bats (whatever you decide) the ball from one end of the room to the other.
They then pick up the ball with one hand and drag the broom or stick with the other... and run back to starting line.
It can be varied by  the kids going backwards while pushing or batting the ball to their teams or the players hopping while going back and forth.


CARTWHEEL RACE - Self explanatory Laughing

CONSEQUETIVE JUMPS - Everyone jumps in predetermined fashion


Divide the group into teams of 8-10 players and give each team a banana.

Some ideas for Banana Relays:
1. Place the banana between the knees and hop down the course and back.
2. Two teammates tossing the banana back and forth down the course and back.
3. The banana under your armpit and hopping on one leg down and back.
4. Teammates line up in leapfrog formation and first player hops over players while holding banana and then tosses banana to next player in line to do the same.

Show the players all the relays that they’ll have to complete for the Olympics. You may have to write them on a large white board so that all players will know what relay is next. Once a team has completed all these relays someone (or the whole team) on the team must eat the banana and the team that is done first is the winner. Use your own ideas, add to the list or use only a few ideas. You can adjust this game to all types of players including the disabled.


1.  Need three or four balls and cones...
2.  Partners are placed in file formation.
3.  Place cones at the end of the play area.
4.  The first two partners have a soccer ball.
5.  On signal, they must run, PASSING THE BALL FROM ONE TO THE OTHER... up to.. and around... the cone.
6.  They return passing the ball the same way ..and give the ball to the next two in their team.
7.  Relay play continues in same manner.


Need about five hoops
1.  Line up File line...
2.  The first player runs up and picks up a hoop.
3.  The other team members run up and go through the hoop.
4.  When all are through, the leader with the hoop rushes back with the hoop.
5.  The leader hands the hoop to the second person who runs up and everyone runs through again.
6.  Give everyone the chance to be the leader.


Have the children bring two shoe boxes with them.
Tape the lids onto the boxes, then cut a one-inch-wide and four-inch long slit in each top.
Have the contestants slip their feet into the slits in the boxes and race...
The race can be individual--with all youth racing together in a horizontal line--or done as a relay.


1.  Create groups of four or five players in file formation.
2.  The teams stand behind a line.
3.  TWO PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM ARE DESIGNATED AS OBSTACLES: one to go under and one to jump over.
4.  On signal, the first person in each team runs up and crawls UNDER the first obstacle; This person obstacle does a push up holding the position.
5.  The player then jumps OVER the second obstacle and then touches the given line. This player then runs back to tag the next team member to do the same.


Need: Two long ropes
Divide the children into two teams, on at each end of the play area.
On your signal
, the two teams run and try to jump the ropes.
Keep on widening the ropes each time.
If the students land in the creek, they must dry their feet (lie on their back and shake their legs)
They then get up and continue the jumps!


Materials Needed:
Lots of cotton balls, Vaseline, 2 or 4 bowls, tissue paper

1. Put a handful of cotton balls in one of the bowls.
 Put the bowl at one end of a rug or mat that is on the floor (Or just play on floor)
Put the other empty bowl on the opposite end of the mat.
2. Rub Vaseline on the child’s nose and have them put their nose in the bowl with the cotton balls.
3. The object of the game is to get as many cotton balls as possible on their nose without using their hands.
4. After cotton balls are stuck to their nose—they crawl over to the empty bowl --- and take them off their nose with their hands-- kids then put them in the bowl. Wipe the Vaseline off with a tissue or napkin.
5. If you play with TEAMS set a time limit, and see who moves the most cotton balls from one bowl to the next.


OBSTACLE RELAY (set up two courses)
Players run the course from the head of the team to the turning point and back to the head of the team.
They follow the course as to whatever you have set-up.
The use of hoops, skipping ropes, Indian clubs, mats, low vaulting boxes, basketball hoops, or what-have-you offer an almost endless selection of obstacles. 


POPCORN RELAY RACE All it takes are two big bowls of popcorn and some small cups per team. Have kids run and get a cupful of popcorn and transfer it to the bowl across the room. The first team finished wins. Because of potential popcorn mess, this would be good played outside! The critters can eat what isn't’ swept up! (Play in gym if you’re brave!)


• Split youth into two teams.
Give each team a cup of popcorn.
Have each player take turns walking with the cup of popcorn on their heads, across the room, around a chair and back to their team.
Play for a specified amount of time such as 2 minutes or more. The team that has the most popcorn left in their cup wins!


THE WORM SQUIRM Obstacle Course Game
... Great for a "Pajama or Bug Theme party"! This is an obstacle course made of pillows, boxes etc, ... when it's your turn, you squirm like a worm on your belly to complete the obstacle course

In stunt relays, the runners advance to the turning point--- stops and performs a stunt (that has been pre-determined).
They return to tag the next runner on their team.
There is virtually no end to the number of stunts which can be performed.


Form relay lines.
1.  Everyone in each line puts their left hand between their legs and the person behind grabs that hand with their right hand.
2.  Then they run at a given signal to the other end of the playing area and back.
3.  The first team to return 'intact' wins!


It's best to play on a grassy area or even a sandy beach.
You’ll need:
Old rags or stockings
Cut rags in wide strips ~ 3 feet long.
Use old stockings; they are softer and have some give to them. Pair up into partners and stand side by side.

Tie one persons left leg to the other player’s right, or vise versa. Practice walking together until you get a rhythm going and then try hopping or running. This can be played as a race or just for active fun.
An obstacle course can be created as well. For a real challenge if it is warm -try adding and avoiding an oscillating sprinkler. Be sure to wear swim suits!
The kids won’t be able to make it without getting wet!


You need: yard stick and tape

  • Measure out 100" on the floor or field.
  • Mark a start and finish line with the tape.
  • Start the race at the signal and try to reach the finish line.
  • What makes this difficult is that the children are to move their feet only one inch at a time by taking baby steps!
  • The winner crosses the finish line first.


If you are lucky enough to have a feed supply store near by, burlap sacks can be purchased inexpensively. If not, old pillow cases will do. A soft grassy park or lawn will prevent scrapes. (I purchased  sacks at Oriental Trading) bjs

Each player steps into his/her sack with both feet.
Pull the sack high enough to hold the edges.
Practice hopping first, until all of the players get the hang of it.
Identify the start and finish lines.
Blow the whistle and go!
Adjust the race with obstacles for more excitement----or if it's summer add sprinklers...


Need: Paper Bags
Give each child a small paper bag.
With the signal, race to the marker and then blow up the bags.
Instruct youth to pop  them with their hands and then race back to the line.
The first player to pop his/her bag and return to the finish line is the winner.



Tape down or mark a starting and finish line.

  • To start each child holds a bent drinking straw between their nose and upper lip. (Demonstrate this by curling the lip and holding it tight.)
  • The first child who reaches the finish line-without loosing the straw is the winner.
  • Adjust the running distance to the age of the child.

1.  If you are playing in a group with more than three players, you start by lining up in single file.
2.  The first person in the line takes a few steps forwards and then bends over to make the first frog.
3.  The next person in the line then leaps the first frog, carries on for a few steps and then bends over to make the second frog.
4.  The third person in the line then has to run and leap frogs one and two and then bends over to make the third frog.
5.  This carries on until all the players have jumped. This can be played with one line or in Teams.



DISCUS THROW: Use a paper plate
SHOT-PUT: Use a balloon
TRACK RACE: Each player lines up at the start line and race by placing the heel of one foot against the toe of the next.
The first one to the end of the track and back wins.
HIGH JUMP: Each contestant takes a deep breath and whistles.
The contestant who holds the note the longest wins.
HIGH DIVE: Each player stands on a chair (or faces the chair back-rest and then kneels chair seat) with ten clothes pins and drops them into an empty bottle.
The player that gets the most wins.


BACKWARD RACE (Good for younger children)
As quickly as possible, walk backwards to the finish line.
While doing this—try not to bump into each other.


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EGG RACES! (They're not only for Easter!)

You’ll need one, hard-boiled egg for each pair of children.
Have the children stand across from a partner. They should stand one foot apart.
When the leader says, “Go” the children should toss the eggs to their partners.
With hard-boiled eggs, everyone can play the whole game because the eggs won’t crack.
With each toss, the children should back up one step. Play until the eggs are destroyed and before the kids get bored. 

This can be played as a race or relay…
Use a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg or plastic Easter egg and plastic spoon.
Children try to walk fast holding the egg in the spoon to the finish line.
It can also be done as a relay and have one child in the middle of the race line waiting.
The children transfer the egg to their relay partner's spoon and go!


Give each child a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg.
The children form a line and one is the leader.
Each one holds the spoon with the egg in its bowl at arm's length and hops on one foot, following wherever the leader leads them.
To drop the egg or rest on both feet prevents one from continuing in the game. They stay out until the next round.




Put up a chart with the below challenges...who can complete the list????

•Throw a beanbag in the air, turn around, and catch it again.

Throw the beanbag up and backwards over your head and try to catch it behind your back.

Throw the beanbag in the air, clap your hands once, and catch it. Now try clapping your hands twice, then three times, and so on. How high can you go?

Throw the beanbag in the air and clap your hands under your right leg before catching it. Now try with your left leg. Now clap behind your back. Invent some more challenges.

Throw the beanbag up, jump, and try to catch it. Jump twice. Jump three times!

Throw it up, kneel down and try to catch it.

Throw and catch with just your right hand, then with just your left.

Try throwing it up and catching it with your eyes closed!

Balance the beanbag on your right foot, then throw it up and catch it from there. Can you do it with your left foot too?

Can you throw the beanbag up and catch it on your left foot?

Can you run with a beanbag balanced on your head? Can you jump? Can you twist around? Can you kneel down and stand up again, or sit down? Can you climb the stairs? Can you do any of these things with two beanbags balanced on your head? Or three?

Try balancing a beanbag on each shoulder while you walk, run, jump etc.

Sing one of your favorite songs or rhymes while you throw the beanbag up and catch it, or pass it round a circle of children.

Set up a variety of hoops, containers and targets and have some throwing practice. How far can you throw the beanbag? Does it make a difference if you throw over-arm or underarm? Adapted From:


BEAN BAG RELAY GAMES Age: 4 and all the way up!
Divide the children into teams and line them up in rows. Give the child at the front of each row a beanbag.
How to play: The children pass the beanbag from one to the next and back again, in a particular style, which you can decide as appropriate for the age of the children

  • Pass it down the row with the right hand only
  • Pass it up the row with left hand only
  • Pass it down the row with both hands
  • Pass it up the row with right hand over left shoulder
  • Pass it down the row with left hand over right shoulder
  • Pass it up the row under the right leg
  • Pass it down the row under the left leg, and so on

TIP: For younger children, it might be a good idea to practice the game movements first! If a beanbag is dropped, you can make the children start again from the the front of the row.
TIP: Cue the kids! On a white board or chart paper write the order of steps in passing the bean bags.


Buy or make a painted wood or cardboard bean bag toss. Make the shape according to the theme.
Use bean bags to toss—or be creative and toss something based on the theme. Example: Scrunched up paper or large marshmallows for a winter theme.



Several balloons and string needed.
Each player is given two balloons to be inflated and tied around each ankle with a piece of string.
Object of game is to burst the other players balloons with their feet—no hands allowed.
Winner is last person with a balloon or balloons. Game can be played with or without boundaries.


Need several pre-blown balloons.

  • Players may stand or sit.
  • Each team is given a balloon to keep in the air for as long as possible. They can only bat or tap the balloon to keep it afloat—no throwing or catching is allowed.
  • Each time the balloon hits the ground- a point is scored AGAINST that team. (Some one needs to keep score.)
  • The team with the lowest score is the winner.


A contest to see who can keep a balloon in the air the longest using only their head.
The person who can keep it in the air longest without using anything but their head is the winner.
 (This game can also be played in teams).



1 balloon per player, not inflated--Tape or string to make a target...
Played from a line or circle...

  • All players inflate their balloon. Some players may need help.
  • When the leader says "1, 2, 3, GO!" The players release their balloons in the direction of the target. If you are having a THEME PARTY, use a picture from the theme as the target center.
  • Score 5 points for the closest balloon and 15 points for a direct hit.

This game works well with teams - each team gets their own colored balloons; red, blue, green etc. Or, you do not need to keep score at all and just have fun playing the game several times. Source:



An idea inspired by World Pre-School Mom is to use fly swatters (At Dollar Store  about 2 for $1.00)...Children simply hit the balloon back and forth to each other!


Another great idea is to make paddles simply taping tongue depressor sticks to the back of paper plates. Use the paper plate 'paddles' to keep a blown up ballon up in the air--This game can be played in a gym or outdoors--- played individually or in a group! It's also a great way to repurpose  paper plates and balloons! (Images by


Lots of water balloons
Space for obstacle course

  • Set up a summer themed obstacle course.
  • Children place a water balloon under their chins and must negotiate the obstacle course without breaking the balloon.
  • This can also be done as a cooperative activity or group initiative. If a balloon breaks, that person must go back to the beginning, get another balloon and start again. The team must wait for the missing member to rejoin.


Many water balloons in buckets or tubs, laundry basket.

  • Participants stand in a circle and pass one balloon at a time around the circle--until many balloons at one time are going around.
  • After a given time, the number of balloons successfully passed is tallied.
  • Players then try to beat their score.


The Bean Bag photograph is courtesy of School in your Home.

 All you do is crumple up some napkins into a tight ball and then wrap another napkin around and secure in back with a rubber band. You can color the napkin with water-based markers before wrapping it or after. Experiment to see which works better. These inexpensive beanbags make for a fun activity for all ages--preschool and up! They would also make nice puppet heads!

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