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Name of Activity:

Game Festival

Purpose of Activity:

To have students and parents partake in a noncompetitive field day.

Suggested Grade Level:

K-5

Materials Needed:

All equipment needed to play the chosen games, teachers and volunteers to work the centers, center signs.

Description of Idea

At the end of the school year, I review several of
the activities we have engaged in during the school year.
After a month of practice and review, I plan a Family
Game Festival
which consists of 16 different activity centers around
the school.

During the reviewing process, I take
students on a tour of the festival layout so they know where
every activity will be located. The students are also
instructed to plan a meeting place for friends and family
when released from class for the festival. I also make
sure the students understand they only have 3 choices
on Festival Day. They should be:


  • playing a game
  • moving to a new game or resting or
  • eating or relaxing with friends at the rest area

The Game Festival begins at
8:00 am and ends at 11:00 am. At 8:00 am our school
principal announces the beginning of the festival and gives
students permission to leave the building. The students
then begin wandering freely around school grounds
searching for friends, family, and their favorite activities.

The
activities are all supervised by a teacher or assistant/volunteer who
are assigned a post for 45 minutes, after which,
they roam the grounds supervising where they choose or
partaking in the activities with the students. Every center is marked
with a sign which includes a brief description
of the game for the adults supervising and the
parents wishing to participate. The students must know
how to play the activity because the teacher/assistant
supervising is not able to teach the game. If a student is
not sure how to play or creates a problem in a game,
he/she is asked to find a new game. The
games/activities I use are not limited to a set number of students,
so students wandering in and out of the games at
anytime is acceptable.

The following is a list of the 16
activities used in the Game Festival.


  • dance in the gym
  • tetherball
  • 4 square
  • jump rope
  • scavenger hunt in the school's land lab
  • tic tac toe
  • cricket
  • bocce ball
  • flag tag
  • beach ball volleyball
  • an obstacle course in the school cafeteria
  • prison ball
  • triple crown baseball
  • relay races
  • a rest area

The students
roam from game to game and area to area. This setup
works well because our school is arranged in families
(K-4 in a hallway makeup a family). Within these
families, students have buddies or partners from a different
grade level which they have worked with all year.
Students are encouraged to travel with buddies and older or
younger siblings as well as friends.

One week prior to
the festival, I send home a letter to parents inviting
them to attend and participate as a family. I also
include other important information like having students
wear hats, tennis shoes, suntan lotion, and having
students bring a sack lunch for the school-wide picnic at
11:00 am and letting parents know that swimsuits are not
appropriate. In addition, I include the $.50 cost of
concessions sold by one of our "families" as a fund-raiser.
Having the Family Game Festival helps promote community
involvement, parent involvement, and good old fashioned fun!

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Submitted by Stephanie Faulkner who teaches at Pecan Valley Elementary School in San Antonio, TX. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 4/15/2008.

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Calvin Brymer

There are some games/activities that I am not familiar with. Would it be possible for the person to email me at:
brymecaj@nbed.nb.ca

Leslie Roberson

I think this might work well at our school which fosters the community feeling. I have a lot of questions as to the organizational component. Can you have the contributor e-mail me?

lroberson@mail.mcps.org