Partner Ball Relays

Setup and Equipment:

  • 4 red, blue, yellow, and green cones.
  • The red cone faces the blue cone about 10 – 15 feet apart. The yellow and green teams line up next to the red and blue teams. The red and blue teams will form partners with each other. The yellow and green team will form partners with each other.
  • 2 playground balls and some alternative balls for primary grades.


  • Teams line up behind the red, blue, yellow and green cones
  • One ball starts with the red team and the other ball starts with the yellow team.
  • The first two people on the red and yellow teams step up.
  • Round One: Partners are given one ball, which they move the ball by balancing it between their backs as they move to the opposite side.

○     Now the next two people in line on the opposite side get ready to receive the ball.

○     Continue to move the ball until everyone has completed a turn.

  • Round Two: Balance the ball between your shoulders.
  • Round Three: Balance the ball between your hips
  • Round Three: Balance the ball between your stomachs.

Challenge: Can you pass the ball off from one set of partners to the other?


Parachute Activities for Field Day

  • Lay the parachute out on the groundparachute
  • Each color team finds the panels of the parachute that matches their color teams: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green
  • Roll the parachute under their fingers and grip firmly. No need to use the handles. This will spread the kids out and give you a simple way to move groups of kids by saying, “Those of you holding a (chose a color) panel, go under the parachute and find a different panel”.

Ocean Waves:  Shake the chute

  • Grip: Roll the chute under your fingers for a firm grip.
  • Big Waves: Students make big waves by shaking the chute.

Color Panel Run: (Color Panel style)

  • Grip: Roll the chute under your fingers for a firm grip.
  • Cue: Shoe tops, Lift up as high as you can, pull back…
  • Leader calls out one of the four colors and the people holding that panel run underneath to the other side and take a different panel of the same color.
  • Keep calling out colors until everyone completes a turn.

Dome (Igloo) 

  • Grip: Roll the chute under your fingers for a firm grip.
  • Cue: Shoe tops, Lift up as high as you can, pull back…
  • When the teacher sees that the chute is high and pulled back well:
  • Teacher says, “Go under and immediately sit inside the chute, while keeping the chute stretched out tight”.
  • Once inside, the teacher can let the class scoot forward and the chute will get taller.
  • Optional Panel color exchange: When the teacher calls out a color, people sitting on that color can get up in the middle and exchange places with other people with the same color.

Climb the Bubble (Color panel style)

  • Teacher says, “Shoe tops, 1,2,3, lift up as high as you can, pull back..
  • SNAP the parachute down
  • Put their knees on top on the outside of the chute (You should have a giant bubble in the middle).
  • Teacher calls color teams one at a time and says to “Climb the bubble!” All of the students from that color team crawl on top  of the chute until the bubble is deflated. Then they hurry back to the outside, so every color team has a turn.
  • You will have to inflate the parachute again each time.

Merry Go Round Color Panel Run: (Color Panel style)

  • Everyone hold the panels with your left hand on your color panel.
  • Start walking (skipping?) and stretch the chute out
  • Call out a color, ie. “RED”
  • When their color is called, they let go of the parachute and run forward (the same way the chute is moving) and step into the next available color panel.
  • Continue walking and calling out the four different color until everyone has had a chance to move.

Shark Attack Spark Style:

  • Class stands holding the parachute waist high.
  • Chose one panel color to be the sharks. They go under the chute and place their hand
  • above their head to simulate a shark.
  • The sharks will now attempt to grab someone’s ankle who is standing. Then they replace
  • the person that they “bit” by becoming a shark.
  • New sharks are continually added.
  • Keep playing until everyone has a turn.

 Traditional Shark Attack:

  • Class sits with legs underneath parachute.
  • One panel color will be the lifeguards. They will stay outside of the parachute and try save
  • students that get pulled under by the sharks.
  • Another panel color will be the sharks under the parachute. Give each shark a frisbee to
  • hold above their head under the chute.
  • When someone is pulled under the parachute by the shark, they will exchange the frisbee
  • to the new shark.
  • The “old shark” will replace the person they pulled under on the outside of the chute.

1. Polyspot Basketball – Field Day

Setup and Equipment:

  • Line up a red and blue cones in front of one basketball hoop  and the yellow and green cones in front of the other hoop about 30 feet from the hoop (just outside the free throw circle) facing the basket.
  • A pile of polyspots are lined up on the free throw line.
  • Students line up behind their color team cone to start.


  • One basketball is given to the first person on each team. Note: We have basketballs that match the color teams.
  • On the start signal, one player from each team will dribble up to the basket and shoot the basketball.
  • If they miss the shot, they have one more opportunity to make it.
  • If both shots are missed, they must dribble back to their relay team and pass to the next player in line.
  • If the shot is made on the first or second try, the player should pick up one of the polyspot and bring it back to their team.
  • Dribble the ball back to your line and pass it to the next player, then go to the end of the line .
  • Remind players that they must dribble to and from the wherever they shoot the basketball from.
  • At the end of the game, teams may count up their points.
  • If the game is going slowly, you can add one basketball for each team, so more people are getting turns at the same time.
  • The Most Fun Wins!

Earn Points Variation:

  • Set up the spots before the game starts, you may have some students help with this. Choose two colors (for example green and yellow) spots and set them up farther from the basketball hoops. These spots are now worth 10 points each.
  • The rest of the spots that are located closer to the hoops are now worth 5 points each.

Fill the Bucket!

Setup and Equipment:

  • Four empty water buckets: One for each team at the opposite end (20 ft.)
  • One big container of water in the middle
  • 16: Small cups to carry the water in
  • One red, blue, yellow, and green cones or spots to designate teams.
  • Line up, relay style behind the cones, with all teams facing  the buckets at the other end.

Round One: Run to fill the Bucket:

  • Teams line up behind the cone or spot of their color team for directions:
  • The first person on each team has a cup to carry water in.
  • “Go”
  • Run to the center water container, dip your cup to get some water, now run to the bucket at the opposite end and dump it into the bucket.
  • Run back, hand the cup off to the next person in line and go to the end of the line.
  • Continue until one team fills the bucket.
  • Remember the most fun WINS!
  • When the cup gets to the last person in the line, they run all the way back up to the front, where the pattern of over/under passing continues.
  •  When everyone on the team has returned to their starting positions, they should sit down.
  • Continue to take as many turns as you can in five minutes.
  • You can do some comparison of the buckets to see who has the most, if it seems important to the group.

 Round Two: Bucket Brigade:

  • Team members stand side to side, next to each other:
  • One full bucket at one end. One empty bucket at the other end.
  • “Go”
  • Pass the full cup of water down your line, passing side to side.
  • When it gets to the last person in line, they put the water in the bucket, then run with the empty cup to the opposite end and fill the cup with water and send it down the line.
  • You may want to add additional cups, to fill the bucket faster.

Additional Ideas: If you finish the relays, you could repeat one of them, to see if they could do it faster.

Pass the Water over your head and to the person behind You.                           Good for Hot Day!



Four-Way Tug of War

Four Way Tug of War

four way tug of warSetup and Equipment.

  • One Tug of War rope that has four ropes that are red, blue, yellow and green.
  • Cones are set up around in a 4 foot square with one cone in the center.
  • Each team lines up and holds their color team’s rope.


  • Everyone lines up and grabs their team’s rope
  • Make sure the teams are lined up, (like the picture above), so their weight is evenly distributed.
  • Leader stands near the center and gradually have the teams start to pull the rope towards them.
  • The object of this game is to have the center square of the rope move past the designated square identified by the cones.
  • When this area is breached, the game stops and each rope is rotated to the right, so they are now replacing the team that was on their immediate right.
  • A new game of tug of war begins…


  • Mix teams by having the last two people on each team move to the team on the right and move to the front of that line.


2. Plutonium Transfer and Ball Ladder

2.Plutonium Transfer and Ball Ladder

Line up Teams behind their cones: red, blue, yellow, green
Teach both games to begin, start one group on plutonium transfer, then when they’re done, they can start on one of the ball ladders.
Plutonium Transfer: A Team Building Activity
Your mission is to move the plutonium from the nuclear power plant to a safe storage facility.

Setup and Equipment.

  • 1 metal ring with 8 handles connected with a 5 ft. string

plutonium transerm pic

  • Four Cones: red, blue, yellow, green


  • The plutonium transfer apparatus is set up with the ring resting on the base with a pole in the middle and a ball on top.  Eight strings with the four colored handles are stretched out so that there are no overlapping strings. The other base 5-15 feet away depending on the age of the group.
  • Each color team lines up in relay style (single file line, everyone facing the same direction).


  • The first person and second person on each team step to the plutonium transfer site. Their mission is to carefully move the plutonium from the atomic energy plant to the safe storage facility.
  • They should each go to one of the handles that matches their color (red, blue, yellow, green.
  • When the 8 people are ready they can slowly try to lift the ball up together, then try to walk without dropping it to the safe storage.  On their first turn, if they drop the ball they should take everything back and lay out the string, handles and the ball in the same way it was when they started.
  • If a team makes it all the way and is able to put the plutonium on top of post, they should  rest the string and handles on the floor.
  • The next team of 8 now, does the same thing. Continue until everyone completes a turn. 
  • Once students have a turn, it’s time to move to the Ball ladder

Variation: Use different sized balls.


2. Ball Ladder: A Team Building Activity

Move the ball down the steps of the ladder.

Setup and Equipment.

  • 2 ladders with four steps: eight people per ladder
  • 2 yoga balls
  • 1 ball
  • Four Cones: red, blue, yellow, green
  • Line up in color teams at the cones to start


agility lladder picyoga ball pic



  • Start two teams at each ladder (4 on each end)
  • There are four ropes on each end of the ladder.
  • Put the ball on one end (the last step) of the ladder.
  • Once you get it balanced, see if you can slowly roll it down the ladder. One team will need to lower their end, while the other team raises their end up.
  • It helps if the people holding the ropes spread far apart from each other.


Limbo and Hula Hoops

Limbo dancing is a dance that is originally from the island of Trinidad, although Hawaii is often mistakenly referred to as the birthplace of the Limbo dance.


 Setup and Equipment.

  • Limbo Pole 3 ft.
  • Limbo Music
  • Single file line starting with the Green, followed by yellow, blue, then red


  1. Stand two feet from the stick, bend your knees, and lean backwards so your chest is facing up. Inch your way toward the stick
  2. Shimmy your body back and forth while leaning backwards. Try not to touch the stick or lean forward.
  3. Once you’ve made it through, you may circle around back to the end of the line and try going lower.
  4. When you  miss (everyone will eventually!) Just cheer on your classmates or try some hula hoop tricks.

Depending on Time: Leaders might want to have the Yellow and Green teams do the limbo and the Red and Blue teams hula hoop for a couple of minutes, then switch.