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Maybe not the right forum, but it is for fitness.... I am trying to plan a field day for our preschool. Most of what I find online is for elementary age kids. I need activities that three/four yr olds can do. I am thinking of trike "obstacle course", and then my brain dries up. We can do hopscotch, football toss. Help, I need ideas!
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My son's preschool does a *field day* each month where the kids spend all day outside doing various activities some of them are:

1. Tunnel races. We set up various tunnels and the kids line up into 2
teams and race each other

2. Hula hoop contest

3. parachute toss. A ball is bounced on a parachute to the music another
variations we have done is for the teacher to call a name and the child runs under the parachute to the other side.

4. bean bag toss

5. Musical duck duck goose or hot potatoe type game.

6. egg/spoon race. Two teams with each person running to the other side while balancing a egg (plastic easter egg works best) on a large spoon.

7. we have a balance beam type toy and set up an obstacle course
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We did a clothes race when I worked at a daycare one summer.

Before the race, student organizers bring discarded clean clothes - oversized jackets, hats, pants etc. - from family.

On the day before the race, arrange 3 clothes piles (pants, top, hat, etc.) for contestants.

Place cones where runners will turn & head back to line.

Place pre-arranged clothes piles at 3 stations.

The first persons in each team put on everything in clothes pile.

At the whistle, they run down to the cones and back.

Take off clothes for the next runners.

Do this until everyone has gone.

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Mini "hurdles"-- set up a 'track' with cones for them to run around, and so low hurdles to jump over (you can create a low hurdle by stringing some rope over short cone). Make the hurdles fairly far apart.


Relay races.

Water relay races where they have to carry a small cup of water and fill a jar. (The ones for older kids use spoons, but I'd use 1/4 cup measures for preschoolers.)

Standing long jump. Mark off a line for them to jump, measure how far they can jump. (It won't be far!)

Basketball shoot. Set up a small basketball hoop and get some small sized basketballs and have them take 3 shots each.

Soccer shoot. Set up a small soccer net and have the kids kick the balls in.

Hula hoop roll - how far can they get it to roll?

Freeze dance - play music and they them dance. Then stop it randomly (a remote helps for this). When the music stops, they have to freeze. If it were competitive, you would have kids who didn't freeze sit down. I usually just let them keep going.

Red light-green light. This is a great preschool game for working on impulse control.

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