- Skee Ball: Tape
together plastic flower pot containers in several rows (3 in the
first row, 2 in the second row and one in the last row). Encourage
the children to throw a Nerf ball into the containers. For added
excitement, assign scores of 10, 20 & 30 points for the top container.
- Dress-Up Race: Place
an oversized T-shirt, shorts and a pair of rubber gloves on two
chairs at one end of the room or yard. Divide the children into
two groups. Children are to follow the instruction of the caregiver,
for example, run, hop, skip, gallop, etc. to the chair, put on
the clothes and then return to the starting line. The child then
takes off the clothes and gives them to the next child who puts
them on and does the action to the chair where they take off the
- Animal Chase:
Children form a circle. One stuffed animal (you can also use different
objects, such as a beanbag) is sent around the circle and while it
is going around another stuffed animal is introduced. The object
is for the second stuffed animal to catch up with the first. More
toys can be introduced. This activity is great for young children.
- Bean bag toss:
Each child take a turn throwing a beanbag into a basket. Use masking
tape to draw lines on the floor marking varying distances. Assign
points to each line and set a time (one point for the closest line
and four points for the farthest). Each child must throw two beanbags
from each line. Have other children retrieve bean bags and record
points. The child with the most points wins a prize. (Bean bags can
be made by filling old socks with dried beans or rice. Tie and secure
in groups of 3 or 4, children stand in single file approx. three
or more metres away from a wall. Leave plenty of space between people.
The first person underhand tosses a small playground ball against
the wall and does a stride jump over the ball before it bounces when
it returns, then moves to the end of the line. The next person in
line catches the ball and repeats the above and so on continuously
down the line. If a player misses the ball, they collect letters
of the word "DONKEY".Challenge players to make up their
own rules to add challenge and fun to the activity.
- Soccer golf: set up
a soccer golf course with numbered pylons. Players start at different
pylons and kick a soccer ball to the next pylon. Object is to hit
the pylon in as few strokes as possible. Each kick equals one stroke.
- Gold Rush: Number
children from one to four (or more). Place one (yellow) beanbag underneath
the parachute. On a signal, the children inflate the parachute while
the parent calls one of the numbers. Those players run clockwise
around the parachute until they get to the space where they started.
The players run through their space underneath the parachute, put
their foot on the "gold" then return to their spot before
the parachute hits the ground. Repeat, calling a new number each
time. Remind the children to keep their heads up and to watch out
for other runners.
- Birthday switch:
On a signal, players inflate the parachute. Call out a month of the
year. Any child who has a birthday in that month runs underneath
the parachute and finds a new spot before it deflates. Call out all
the months to give all the children a chance.