The best field day games and activities for all ages and abilities

The end of the school year often brings children’s favorite event: Field Day! It’s an opportunity to spend a day outdoors, hanging out with their friends, while at school. When you’re setting up your event, it’s important to include a selection of field day games that every kid can participate in and enjoy. You’ll find ideas for every age group and power here, so your event will be inclusive and fun for everyone!

Classic Field Day Games

The kids are playing tug-of-war

Field days are almost long gone, and some activities have become major. Here are some classic field day games to add to your event list.

  • 100-yard dash
  • Toss the water balloon
  • Wheelbarrow race
  • Three-legged race
  • Sack race
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Relay – Running
  • Tug-of-war
  • Long jump

More Field Day games

Want to jazz up a standard list of your games? We love these fun and creative games and so will your students

Pull the blanket

Kids sitting on blankets, others running and dragging with them (Field Day Games)

Go on a ride with this fun race. The kids are forced to pull each other across the field on a blanket. Things get out even by dragging a kid down the road, and the rider on the way back.

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Football toss

Suspended and labeled football toss from Hula Hoops pole (Field Day Games)

This soccer toss game is amazingly easy to assemble. You can just hang hula hoops from a branch or pole — the swinging target makes things even more challenging!

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Frisbee Golf

The kids are playing frisbee golf with a laundry basket in a tomato cage

Frisbee Golf is another of those field day games that is very easy to set up with a cheap supply. Set the round laundry basket in the tomato cage by pushing it to the ground to arrange your course. Decorate the kids with freebies, and you’re ready to play!

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Pool Noodle Croquet

A child hits an inflated football ball with a hoop made from a pool noodle (Field Day Games)

Make large crochet hoops from pool noodles and take some light balls. You can hit the balls with more pool noodles, or you can try to kick with the hoops as you walk.

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Parachute volleyball

Teams using small parachutes to play volleyball

A big beach ball and some small parachutes (beach towels work too!). Teams work in pairs to catch the ball and run backwards over the net.

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Coconut bowling

A bottle of water filled with blue water, and a coconut in the hand of a child

Coconut balls make this bowling game even more challenging – and ridiculous! The uneven shape of the fruit means it will roll in a way that children would never expect.

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Hungry hippopotamus

One student pushes another student on a scooter, while another student collects pieces of pool noodles in a basket

Turn the popular game Hungry Hungry Hippo into a life size hem! A student is lying on a scooter on his stomach with a basket upside down in front of them. The other student grabs their legs and leads them to grab as many pieces as possible. After each turn, piece by piece to find the winner.

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Frozen T-shirt race

A photo collage of a girl trying to wear a T-shirt that gets wet and frozen when folded (Field Day Games)

Buy large T-shirts, soak and fold them, and refrigerate overnight. For the race, each participant works to melt their shirt, take it off and then wear it first. So much fun to watch!

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Balloon stump

The kids tied balloons around their ankles, trying to break each other's balloons

Get ready for some chaos with this one! Tie a balloon around each student’s ankle with a ribbon. Play the flute, and let the kids try to break each other’s balloons on their feet. The last stand is a winner. (Make it a team game by issuing balloons of the same color to each teammate.)

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Chicken sticks

Children using pool noodles to take a rubber chicken

It’s just plain stupid, but it’s a lot of fun. The kids use pool noodles to pick up the rubber chicken and take it to the finish line. It’s easy to turn into a relay race.

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Non-Physical Field Day activities

Not every kid likes to run and jump (and some of them can’t). Include some of these non-physical activities to make sure the field day is fun for everyone. Let them all shine!

Cup-stacking race

Pyramid of red plastic single drinking cup

After a TV show popularized the game, every kid wants to try it out Give each player 21 cups. Their goal is to stack them in a pyramid, then unstack them as quickly as possible.

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Cookie Face

Kids roll cookies from their foreheads to their mouths (Field Day Games)

This game is absolutely stupid, and kids will love it! Tip the back of their head, then place a cookie on their forehead. When you shout “Go!” They run to remove cookies from their foreheads to their mouths without using their hands!

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Ball toss

Tin cans painted in bright colors and labeled 10, 25, 50 and 100 (Field Day Games)

This game requires some skill, but it’s easy enough for anyone to try. Label cans or other containers with point amounts. Give each student five balls to toss and complete their points at the end.

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Ping-pong tic-tac-toe

Children jumping ping pong balls into plastic cups of water

Make a 3 x 3 grid of plastic cups, one for each group. Fill the cups with water most of the time. Then give each team a bowl of ping-pong balls and watch the race to get the ball in their cup until they are three in a row.

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Giant Carplank

Giant carplank game made with tomato cage, sticks and colored balls

This game is quite easy to make with tomato cage and bamboo square. Each contestant is pulling a stick, trying not to cause the ball to fall!

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Flamingo ring toss

Lawn flamingo in a pot with a hoop (Field Day Games)

You can of course play the simple ring toss, but how much fun is this version? Grab some lawn flamingos (you can also find them in dollar stores) and set them up. Then give each player a set of hoops and let them do their best.

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Lawn Scrabble

Large character tiles on the grass for word formation

Give your word lovers a chance to show off their skills through a great game of Scrabble! Make tiles from pieces of cardboard or card stock.

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Ladder toss

Ladder labeled with points, and piles of colorful bean bags

It is very easy to set up this clever tech in binbag toss. Simply label the edge of a staircase with a total of different points. Then let the kids try to step down their binbags to make points for their team.

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Yard Yahtzi

A whiteboard labeled giant wooden dice and yard yahtzi (Field Day Games)

Buy or make some giant wooden dice, then compete in an outdoor game in Yahtzee. (Don’t tell kids they’re actually practicing their math skills on the field!)

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Scavenger Hunt

An alphabet printable worksheet for Scavenger Hunt

Complete a Scavenger Hunt as a team, or make it a separate event. We’ve got lots of awesome scavenger hunt ideas here, including alphabet hunting. Kids try to be the first to collect an object for each letter of the alphabet!

Water play for field day

If you’re willing to let the kids get a little damp (or, let’s face it, wet), these are the games for you!

Fill the bucket

Kids use sponges to fill buckets with water (Field Day Games)

Here is a classic water game that is easy to set up and always popular. Using the water they can carry in the sponge, the teams run to see who can fill their buckets first.

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Water passes

The kids are pouring water from cups over their heads to the person behind them

As a big team game we like it the best. The kids lined up one by one, each holding a cup. The person in front fills their cup with water, then pours it into the person’s cup next to their head. The game continues until the last person, who pours it into a bucket. Repeat as many times as you need to fill your bucket completely.

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Water Cup Race

Children use a squirt gun to drive a plastic cup hanging over a string.

Hang the plastic cups on the strings, then use the squirt gun to push to the finish line. (Don’t want to use water? Instead, kids need to be hit with straw to move the cups.)

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Sponge launch

Players are using homemade catapults to launch the soaked sponge

Design each team and build a launcher. Then light a fire in their wet sponge to see which team goes farthest.

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Water Balloon Pinatas

Children use sticks to hit a hanging water balloon (Field Day Games)

There is no candy in these piñatas… just water! Hang them up high and hit the kids with a stick. Break all their balloons and win the first team or individual!

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The best field day games and activities for all ages and abilities

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