60+ Best Field Day Games and Activities for All Ages and Abilities

Three-legged races are just the beginning.

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Field day is a kids’ favorite for the end of the school year! Kids love the chance to run around outside with their friends all day, participating in exciting and challenging events. The best field day games and activities include options for all kinds of students, no matter what their age, interests, or ability. This inclusive roundup can help make your field day a success for everyone involved.

Classic Field Day Games

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Field days have been around a long time, and some activities have become staples. Here are some classic field day games to add to your list of events.

  • 100-Yard Dash
  • Water Balloon Toss
  • Wheelbarrow Race
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Sack Race
  • Obstacle Course
  • Egg-and-Spoon Race
  • Backward Race
  • Tug-of-War
  • Long Jump
  • Musical Chairs
  • Duck-Duck-Goose
  • Cornhole
  • Capture the Flag
  • Tag (Find fun variations here.)

Fun Field Day Games

Want to jazz up your standard list of games a bit? We love these fun and creative games, and your students will too.

Students holding hands try to keep a balloon in the air without letting go of each other in this fun field day game.
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Keep It Up

Each team joins hands in a circle, then works to keep a balloon in the air without letting go. The team that lasts the longest is the winner.

Learn more: Keep It Up

Student wearing a pantyhose leg hanging off their head with a ball at the end of it, trying to knock over a water bottle.
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Elephant March

Kids love Minute To Win It games (see all our favorites here), and this one is always a hilarious hit. Shove a ball into the foot of a pantyhose leg, then put the top of the hose over each student’s head. They race along a line of water bottles, trying to swing their “trunk” and knock over each bottle. First to the end wins!

Learn more: Elephant March

Hand and Foot Hopscotch

Trace outlines on the playground or tape papers to the floor representing right and left hands and feet. Mix up the order to make it tricky. Students race along, placing the correct hand or foot on every square in the row to advance.

Pass the Hoop

Kids join hands to form a long line. Then, they must pass a Hula-Hoop along the line without breaking the chain, stepping through it carefully to move it along.

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Blanket Pull

Go for a ride with this fun race. Kids pair up to pull each other across the field on a blanket. Even things out by having one kid pull on the way down, and the rider pull on the way back.

Learn more: Blanket Run

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Football Toss

This football toss game is surprisingly easy to assemble. You can also just hang Hula-Hoops from a branch or pole—swinging targets make things even more challenging!

Learn more: Football Toss

Students throw large inflatable rings at their partner, trying to get the ring around their partner's body.
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Human Ring Toss

One team member tosses rings at the other in this life-size ring toss game. The human “target” can move their body but not their feet. (You can use Hula-Hoops, but large inflatable rings make this game a little safer.)

Learn more: Human Ring Toss

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Frisbee Golf

Frisbee golf is another one of those field day games that’s very easy to set up with inexpensive supplies. Set round laundry baskets into tomato cages pushed into the ground to arrange your course. Arm kids with Frisbees, and you’re ready to play!

Learn more: Frisbee Golf

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Pool Noodle Croquet

Make oversized croquet hoops from pool noodles, and grab some lightweight balls. Kids can hit the balls with more pool noodles, or try to kick them through the hoops as they make their way along the course.

Learn more: Pool Noodle Croquet

Parachute Volleyball

Round up a big beach ball and some small parachutes (beach towels work too!). Teams work in pairs to catch and launch the ball back and forth over the net.

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Coconut Bowling

Coconut balls make this bowling game much more challenging—and hilarious! The uneven shape of the fruit means it will roll in ways kids will never expect.

Learn more: Coconut Bowling Game for Kids

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Turn the popular game Hungry Hungry Hippos into life-size mayhem! One student lies on their stomach on a scooter, holding a basket upside down in front of them. The other student grabs their legs and pushes them forward to grab as many pieces as possible. After everyone has had a turn, total up the pieces to find the winner.

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Frozen T-Shirt Race

Buy oversized T-shirts, wet them down and fold them, and stick them in the freezer overnight. For the race, each participant works to get their shirt thawed, unfolded, and then put it on first. So funny to watch!

Learn more: Frozen T-Shirt Race

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Balloon Stomp

Get ready for some chaos with this one! Tie a balloon to each student’s ankle with a ribbon. Blow the whistle, and let kids loose trying to break each other’s balloons with their feet. Last one standing is the winner. (Make this a team game by issuing balloons of the same color to each teammate.)

Learn more: Balloon Stomp

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Chicken Stix

This is just plain silly, but it’s so much fun. Kids use pool noodles to pick up rubber chickens and carry them to the finish line. This one’s easy to turn into a relay race.

Learn more: Chicken Stix

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Color War

This is really more about having fun than getting competitive, but kids relish the chance to run around flinging colored powder at each other! If you want a more competitive version, try adding colored powder to a traditional game of Capture the Flag.

Learn more: Color War

Relay Race Ideas for Field Day

You can do the classic pass-the-baton relay race, of course. But these field day games put a new spin on the classic relay race and make the whole experience more fun for everyone.

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Tic-Tac-Toe Relay

Set up three rows of three Hula-Hoops to be the tic-tac-toe grid. Then, have teams race to try to get three in a row first. They’ll be surprised to learn a little strategy can really improve their chances!

Learn more: Tic-Tac-Toe Relay

Paper Plate Relay

You’ll need an equal amount of people on each team, plus enough paper plates for each person to have one and one extra per team. The only way to move forward is by stepping on a plate, so the person in the front lays down the extra plate and jumps onto it. Everyone else moves up one, and the last person passes the extra plate up the line. Repeat until everyone has crossed the finish line.

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Limbo Relay

Throw on some music and grab a long pole, then challenge teams to a limbo relay. Everyone on the team must make it beneath the poles on each round, and the slowest team is eliminated. Lower the poles on each round until only one team can manage it.

Learn more: Limbo Relay

Balloon Pop Relay

This one’s a classic: Each team member is given a balloon. One at a time, they race up to a chair, then sit on their balloon until it pops. Then they race back, tagging in the next team member. Tip: Underinflate the balloons a bit to make it a little more challenging. Or make them water balloons on a hot summer day!

Scooter and Plunger Relay Race

Scooter relay races are fun, but when you add in plungers, they get even better. In this version, kids must hold their feet up and use toilet plungers stuck to the floor to help them propel instead. Tricky, hilarious, and so fun!

Over-Under Relay

Kids stand in a single-file line, about arm’s length apart. Students on each team count off as “ones” or “twos.” The “ones” will pass the balls over their heads, while the “twos” must pass between their legs. Give the first person a ball, then start the passing. After a few seconds, give each team a second ball, and then a few seconds later, a third. Each team must get all of their balls to the end of the line and then back to the beginning. Don’t be surprised when things get a bit nuts!

Student with their forehead on the end of a baseball bat, spinning around in a circle as part of field day games.

Dizzy Bats

Here’s a classic relay, and all you need are some baseball bats. One at a time, team members race out onto the field and place their forehead on the end of a bat while the other end rests on the ground. In this position, they spin around five times, then try to make it back to the finish line so the next team member can go.

Learn more: Dizzy Bats

Get-Dressed Relay

You’ll need lots of old clothes for this one: a box each of shirts, pants, and hats, at least, with enough items in each box for every player. (Make it more challenging by adding socks too!) Kids line up in teams. At the signal, the first player runs to each box and puts on one of each item of clothing over their existing clothes. When all items are all the way on, they race back and tag the next runner. The game continues until one team has everyone back at the start and “dressed” in their fun new outfits.

Pairs of students carrying a beach ball without using their hands, trying to win a field day relay race.
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Beach Ball Relay

The task: Partners carry a beach ball to the end of the field and back. The twist: They can’t use their hands! If they drop the ball, they need to pick it back up without using their hands, or go back and start again. Each set of partners passes the ball to the next pair on the team, again without using their hands, until one team wins.

Learn more: Beach Ball Relay

Obstacle Relay

Obstacle races are a field day mainstay, but turning them into a relay makes them even more fun! You can make your course as simple or complicated as you like, so every race is unique.

Non-Strenuous Field Day Activities

Not every kid loves running and jumping (and some of them can’t). Make sure field day is fun for everyone by including some of these non-physical activities. They let everyone shine!

Cup-Stacking Race

After a TV show made this game popular, every kid wants to give it a try. And as it turns out, this has become an incredibly popular sport with lots of rules of its own. Learn more about cup-stacking and how to use it for your field day events here.

Cookie Face

This game is pure silliness, and kids are gonna love it! Have them tip their heads back, then place a cookie on their foreheads. When you shout “Go!” they race to move the cookie from their foreheads to their mouths without using their hands.

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Ball Toss

This game requires a bit of 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 total up their points at the end.

Learn more: Ball Toss

Ping-Pong Tic-Tac-Toe

Make a 3 x 3 grid of plastic cups, one for each team. Fill the cups most of the way with water. Then give each team a bowl of Ping-Pong balls, and watch them race to get the balls into the cups until they make three in a row.

Giant Kerplunk game made from tomato cages, sticks, and colored balls
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Giant Kerplunk

This game is pretty easy to make with tomato cages and bamboo skewers. Each competitor pulls a stick, trying not to be the one who causes the balls to fall!

Learn more: Giant Kerplunk

Lawn flamingoes in pots with hoops (Field Day Games)
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Flamingo Ring Toss

You could play ordinary ring toss, of course, but how fun is this version? Grab some lawn flamingos (you might even find them at the dollar store) and set them up. Then give each player a set of hoops and let them do their best.

Learn more: Flamingo Ring Toss

Large letter tiles laid out on grass to form words
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Lawn Scrabble

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

Learn more: Lawn Scrabble

Ladder Toss

This clever take on beanbag toss is super-easy to set up. Simply label the rungs of a ladder with various point totals. Then let kids try to land their beanbags on the steps to build up points for their team.

Giant wooden dice and a whiteboard labeled Yard Yahtzee (Field Day Games)
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Yard Yahtzee

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

Learn more: Yard Yahtzee

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Scavenger Hunt

Complete a scavenger hunt as a team, or make it an individual event. We’ve got tons of terrific scavenger hunt ideas here, including the alphabet hunt. Kids try to be the first to collect an object for every letter of the alphabet.

Learn more: Alphabet Scavenger Hunt


Kids love this fun game where they get to test their reflexes while whacking at those pesky pop-up moles. You can make your own DIY version, or even rent an official game booth for your field day.

Water Games for Field Day

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

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Fill the Bucket

Here’s a classic water game that’s easy to set up and always popular. Teams race to see who can fill their bucket first, using only the water they can carry in a sponge.

Learn more: Fill the Bucket Outdoor Water Game

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Wacky Waiter

Combine Dizzy Bats (above) with Fill the Bucket! After each player spins around with their forehead on the bat, they must pick up a tray of water glasses and carry it back to the finish line. They use any water that remains to fill up a bucket. Play continues until one team tops their bucket off.

Learn more: Wacky Waiter

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Pass the Water

We like this one best as a big-team game. Kids line up, one after the other, each holding a cup. The person in front fills their cup with water, then pours it backward over their head into the next person’s cup. Play continues until the last person, who pours it into a bucket. Repeat as many times as needed to completely fill your bucket.

Learn more: Pass the Water

Wooden Spoon Water Balloon Race

Kids must pick up a water balloon and balance it on a wooden spoon, then race to the finish line. If their balloon falls off and doesn’t pop, they can pick up and keep going. Otherwise, they have to head back to the start for a new one.

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Water Cup Race

Hang plastic cups on strings, then use squirt guns to push them along to the finish line. (Don’t want to use water? Have kids blow through straws to propel the cups instead.)

Learn more: Water Cup Race

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Dunk Tank

Give kids the chance to douse their teachers with a DIY dunk tank. Or divide kids into teams, and give each team a chance to soak the other. The team with the most wet players loses!

Learn more: Dunk Tank

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Sponge Launch

Have each team design and build a launcher. Then let them fire wet sponges to see which team’s goes the farthest.

Learn more: Sponge Launch

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Toe Diving

Drop diving rings, marbles, or other small objects in the bottom of a kiddie pool. Kids have one minute to use only their toes to pull out as many objects as they can. The one with the most items at the end wins.

Learn more: Toe Diving

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Water Balloon Piñatas

No candy in these piñatas … just water! Hang them high and arm kids with sticks to hit them. The first team or person to break all their balloons wins.

Learn more: Water Balloon Piñatas

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Water Hunt and Fight

This water balloon fight variation is perfect for a hot afternoon. Number water balloons and lay them out on a field. Draw a number from the hat, and send kids out to find a balloon with that number. (There will be more kids than balloons, which is part of the fun.) Those that find the right number then get a chance to throw their balloon at any other player. If it hits and breaks, that player is out. If the player can catch it without it breaking, the thrower is out. Continue each round with a new number until there’s just one player left dry.

Learn more: Water Balloon Fight

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Plus, check out these elementary PE games your students will love.

Looking for new and exciting field day games? Find ideas here for all ages, abilities, and skill levels, including non-strenuous events.