Looking for a creative way to end your homeschool year? Try having a field day! It’s fun and doesn’t require a lot of planning or materials.
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Growing up, I went to public school and I can remember that at the end of every year, all through elementary school, we had field days. They were held outside and included all kinds of games and fun races – definitely a great way to end the school year!
Even though my two children are homeschooled, I still want them to experience the fun and tradition of a field day like I did. Since we are nearing the end of our school year, I thought it would be a good time to start planning how we can have our own homeschool field day to celebrate. I know that I want it to be fun for them, yet easy and inexpensive for me to put together!
Here are some things to think about if you want to plan your own homeschool year-end field day:
Who will be there?
Think about whether you want to have a field day with just your own kids, or if you will invite other homeschoolers, friends, neighbors, or family to join you. Answering this question first will help you as you plan the next parts.
Pick a day and time
You can now decide when to have your field day. Will it be on your actual last day of school, on the last Friday of your school year, on the weekend, or on another day that works well for your family? With that decided, you can then pick a time of the day that fits in best with your schedule.
Where is it going to be held?
Of course having a field day at your own home is the easiest way to do it (and what we are going to be doing), but there are other options as well. You can have it at a friend’s house and include their children in the fun, or you may opt to do something different and celebrate at a local park or playground.
What will you eat?
Everyone loves to eat, so having some type of food for your field day only adds to the excitement! Knowing what time of the day you are having this event will help you decide what to do for food. If it is going to be held around lunch time, maybe have a picnic. If it is between meals, then a special snack or treat would work well. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, just something a little extra to help celebrate!
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Once you know who will be there, you can start thinking about the fun stuff – games! And like the food, the games do not need to be anything extravagant. You can probably play most of what you want using just the stuff you already have around your home. Below are some ideas to get you started, but there are lots of other things you could do as well.
- Ring Toss
- Egg and Spoon Race (best to use a hard boiled egg for this one – it’s less messy this way, trust me! You can also use a wooden egg and spoon race set.)
- Face Painting
- Potato Sack Race
- Three-Legged Race
- Frisbee/Flying Ring Toss (throw frisbees or flying rings into empty laundry baskets or hula hoops)
- Scavenger Hunt (follow clues leading to a special prize, treat, or snack)
- Hula Hoop Competition (see who can hula hoop the longest, or just see how long each child can go for before it falls)
- Stick Horse Races (using store bought stick ponies or homemade ones from pool noodles – kids can even draw faces on their pool noodle ponies!)
- Balloon Stomp (blow up regular balloons and tie a string on the end then tie this to each child’s ankle. They can then try and stomp on each others balloons as they run around)
- Create an Obstacle Course
One last thing to think about when planning the games is how you will play them. Will they compete against each other to see who wins? Or, are you going to time each child individually so that they can see how fast they were? And if neither of those options seem like they would work for your kids, then you can always have them play the games just for fun!
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How will you end the day?
The last thing to consider is how to end your field day. You could make up certificates, give awards for accomplishments that happened throughout the school year, have small prizes for the winners of each game, take an end-of-the-year picture, or just have a fun snack or special treat together.
No matter what you decide to do, or how you plan the field day, your kids are sure to have a great time! They’ll be having fun and creating positive homeschool memories. And maybe this will even start a new end-of-the-year tradition for your family!