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Games & Outdoors : Olympic

10 Meter Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have the children run around the back yard from point A to point B.


Over/Under Relay added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Will need four buckets, and eight beanbags.  Divide the children into two teams of four.  Give the first child in line a bucket with the four beanbags. Put the other bucket about five feet in front of the team.  The first person in the team passes the bean bag between her legs to the person in behind her, who then passes it over her shoulder to the person behind her, who then passes it between her legs to the person behind her who then takes the bean bag runs to the front drops it in the bucket that is five feet in front of her team and takes the first position and starts the process over until every one has had a turn being in front and running.  The winner will be the one who completes the relay first.


Bunny Hop Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Line up the children at a starting line.  Signal the start by a whistle, have the children, bunny hop to the finish line.  Give each child a certificate for being the most "hoppiest" bunny


Big Wheels Relay  Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

We have two big wheel bikes.  Set up a finish line.  Start the race at the finish line.  Have one child take the bike, run up the hill, ride down to the finish line, the next person in line then takes the bike up and down the hill.  The first team who completes the relay first wins the race.


Egg toss added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Use a plastic egg and have the children line up across from a partner and throw the egg to each other. Each time they throw it they have to take a small step back. Unlike the adult version, no one gets out or full of Egg.


Long Jump added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Set up a start line and allow running starts to see how far each person can jump.  Use the measuring tape and note the distance.  Give each child a certificate for jumping ____ distance in the long jump.


Spider Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Set up all the children at a start line and have each child crawl on all fours to the finish line.  The first child to the finish line wins.  Each child will get a certificate for being the best spider racers in the world.


Toss the Shoe Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have children loosen one of their shoes.  Have them line up at the starting line and one at a time toss their shoes as far as they can to see who can through their shoe the furthest.  The winner gets a certificate saying they are the world's longest shoe throwers.


Scavenger Hunt added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Set the group up into two teams.  Give the youngest member of the team a bag and the oldest a list of things to find to put in the bag.  Set a timer for 10 minutes.  See how many things they can find on their list in 10 minutes.


Balance Beam added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

We will need a wide long board with a brick on either end to raise it.  Make sure it is stable and steady.  Have the children walk across the board then walk backwards to the beginning.   Have the children perform a "show" and judge each show (scale 1 - 5).   They will all get a certificate for "creativity on the balance beam".


Ring Toss added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Use the "ring toss" game in the outdoor toy boxes.  Set up an area for play. Allow the children to stand as close as they need to be successful.  When the child seems ready challenge him to move back and try hitting the target.  Make the challenge by counting the number of ringers out of five tries from the furthest distance.  The "winner" will be one who can be the most successful from the further most distance.   They will get a certificate stating that they "successfully completed the ring toss from _____ distance.  Get my measuring tape and measure the distance and mark in on the certificate.


Bean Bag Tic-Tac-Toe added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

For this activity I will need to draw a tic-tac-toe on the grass with sidewalk chalk.  Will need to make six bean bags, three of one color, three of another color.  For those who have never played, teach the younger ones how to play. Divide the children into their teams.  Give each team several beanbags of one color.  For example, the "x's" could use red beanbags and the "o's" the blue. Have the teams take turns tossing the beanbags onto the "board".  Help the children watch for opportunities to complete a row or block the other team. After each toss, allow the next player to move to the board and prepare to make a toss.   Encourage the children to play without my help.  The team who "wins" the game, gets to start the next game.  Allow about four games.  They children should get a certificate saying, "certificate for good sportsmanship in playing beanbag tic-tac-toe".


The Egg Cup Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

I will need one egg carton for each child, a bag of dried beans and a bucket. Put the beans in the bucket and put the dishpan in the center of the floor. Give each child an egg cart on and a space on the floor, be sure the children are all the same distance from the beans.  On my signal, have the children run to the container of beans, take one bean, return to the egg carton and place the bean in the first cup.  Have the children continue collecting a bean and putting in in a cup until all 12 cups contain a bean.  The first child to fill an egg cart on is the winner.


The Cotton Ball Race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

I will need four buckets, a bag of cotton balls, and a spoon each.   Divide the cotton balls between two of the four buckets.  Place the filled cans a short distance apart, 6 to 10 feet away from the empty coffee cans.  Divide the children into two teams and have each team stand behind a coffee can filled with cotton balls.  Give the first child in each line a spoon.  On your signal, have the two children with spoons use their spoons to each get a cotton ball from a can and walk it to an empty can.  If the cotton ball falls off the spoon, the child must return to the can to get another cotton ball. When the child reaches the empty can, she should drop the cotton ball in. Then the child should run back to the next child on the team and hand over the spoon.  Each child in each line should follow the same procedure until one line has completed the sequence and won the race.


Decathlon added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have a "decathlon".  Set up an obstacle course for the children to follow. Utilize stationary playground equipment and add to it. Ideas to add: jumping through a hula hoop onto a tumbling mat; climbing up a slide (instead of up the stairs); balance beam; traffic cones; tires. Number each "event" or post arrows showing the children which direction to go.


Rings Toss added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

A game that I have played with my children is:
You cut the centers out of paper plate and have the children color them. You want then to color them according to a point system.
All the yellow plates are worth 1 points.
All the red plates are worth 5 points.
All the blue plates are worth 10 points.
You set up a plunger a few feet away from the throwing line.  The children try to throw the plates onto the plunger.  You can keep try of the points or just have fun with it.


Rolling relay added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Find something to roll, such as tennis balls, plastic fruit or whatever you have handy.  Divide the children into two teams.  Get down on hands and knees.  The object is to roll the ball by touching it only with your head. Nudge it with your chin, forehead, nose, whatever works.  Roll the ball to a designated spot across the room, turn, and roll it back.  The second person in line then takes a turn.  Whichever team finishes first is the winner.


Blow relay added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Blow pom poms across the floor with a straw.


Relay race added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have two teams.  Each team has a "baton" made from a paper towel tube.  Child runs to a designated spot, turns,  runs back, hands baton to next player on team.


Another type of Relay added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have a race using various ways of moving, example: crabwalk, hands and knees,
waddling like a duck, hopping like a frog.


Paper Airplane Contest added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have the children make a paper airplane. Then give them each a turn to fly it. Which ever went farthest wins!


Ball Throw added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

If you have a large enough play area, you can measure who can throw a ball the farthest.  If you don't want it to go too far, you can make a ball with wadded up newspaper and tape.


Bubble blowing  added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Whose goes the highest? farthest?  Whose is the biggest?  Who blows the most? Everyone can be a winner!


Long Jump added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

See how far everyone can jump.


Swimming  added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Relay races under the sprinkler. 


Cycling  added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Have a Relay Race using Bikes.


Toboggan  added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

To create a toboggan, have four children sit in a line, each with their legs opened in a V and their arms around each other's waist.  See if together they can move from point A to point B. Or create a lunge by having one child slowly pull another across the floor on a beach towel.  


Ice Skating  added 4-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Children can ice-skate to different kinds of music in their sock feet


Most Important to any Olympic Theme added 4-20-00 
Original Author Unknown


Talk about good sportsman ship on a basic level. 


 

 

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