Running your summertime camp? Hillary comes back having some enjoyable sport games children will enjoy! These are great for a sports-themed week at summer camp, daycare, preschool, or homeschool!
Sports week proved to be a enormous hit! We actually had to waitlist children because so many were interested in attending. It was a favorite for the children in addition to for me personally. We had a complete blast!
All-Star Sports: Sport Games Kids Will Love
There are so many unique things that you can do with a sports summer camp. We’d three themed-days: Baseball Day, Basketball Day, and Soccer Day. This helped me plan and organize better since I could focus actions on such particular sports.
For sports we had been outside in my backyard nearly the whole time. In Arizona. In the Summertime. And of course we had been having record-breaking warmth- pushing 120 degrees! I needed to get slightly creative therefore this is just how we did it.
10-10:10: Bell work (Sports-themed coloring pages, word searches, and word scrambles)
10:10-11:30: Outside sports-themed actions
11:30-11:40: Snack time (and some otter pops for extra “cooling down”)
11:40-11:55: Inside “cool down” activity
11:55-12: Line up matches and dismissal
Day 1: Baseball-Themed Sports Activities
Water Resistant Baseball
I had a baby pool in my backyard filled with water and water balloons. I had a baseball bead setup and also a plastic wiffle ball bat. I divide up the kids into two teams and explained the rules of water balloon baseball.
The rules are super easy. Each child gets three pitches. If they explode all 3 balloons they then get a house run. If they hit on the balloon and it will not explode they get one base per hit. Every child on the group gets to receive a twist batting, and then we change teams. The children were super to keeping the score so I did not even have to be worried about that.
Notice: I highly recommend purchasing the pack of water balloons that tie themselves. They are roughly $7-$8 dollars for 100 balloons, but they’re worth the price!
Water Balloon Toss
We did a basic water balloon toss. The children partnered up and pitched a water balloon between them up only one step each time they pitched and captured the balloon, until it burst on one of them!
Next we had pitching clinic. This was basically a way for each the children to go mad and crazy throwing water balloons but perhaps not throwing them at each other. Each of them must throw balloons at the “hit zone” attracted on my back fence until all of the water balloons were consumed.
The hour and a half went so quickly outside it was already time for wash up. Once all the water balloon bits have been picked up I handed out otter pops. This was great motivation for the children to pick up all those small parts of balloon! The top cleaner-uppers must pick their otter pop color first!
Indoor Balloon Baseball
Next up it was time to get our cool down activities inside. We made “bats” with paper plates and popsicle sticks. Each child got their own bat and their own balloon (no water that time!) . They took turns in pairs nurturing into each other and hitting home runs.
Indoor Balloon Volleyball
After they were done, we played indoor volleyball with a balloon. I tied a string across my family room, and the children had to keep the balloon in the atmosphere. As the game got easier, I included clips.
Day 2: Basketball-Themed Sports Activities
Basketball Obstacle Course
I put up an obstacle course in my backyard utilizing pool planters, a baby swimming pool, hula-hoops, cones, and our basketball hoop at the end.
The children lined up and when it was their turn to go they had to dunk themselves into the baby pool hop over the skillet, high step into the hula-hoops, dribble round the cones, and shoot at a lay up at the basketball hoop!
Fill The Bucket
After the obstacle course, we cooled down with some water races. I divide children into four teams. Each team needed a bucket they needed to fill with water…by employing a plastic cup full of holes!
We did it relay style so as it had their turn they ran to the baby pool filled up their cup ran to their bucket with their cup over their heads, then dumped the remaining water out of their cup in their bucket, and then rushed back to their group and labeled the next person on the basis of
I was the judge watching the buckets to see which group had their bucket first. We played that game several times since it was so enjoyable!
Hamper Hoop Basketball Hats
After all of the outdoor enjoyment, we came in to dry, cool down, and create hamper blouse basketball hats!
These were a enormous hit for the children and for the parents. Consider the game Hedbanz, but rather than a card it’s a basketball hoop! It was super easy to do!
Strips of paper to go around their head
Backboard (part piece of newspaper)
Small plastic cups
- Quantify a strip of paper around your headand then staple it at the ideal size.
- Pull on a backboard (black rectangle) on newspaper, then staple the backboard to the headband.
- Cut off the base of a plastic cup, draw some lines (to resemble a net), and staple to the headband.
- Crumple some scrap paper to work with as a “basketball,” and take turns shooting hoops at one another’s heads!
Day 3: Football-Themed Sports Activities
Wide Receiver Drills
The last day of the sports week has been Football Day. We started out with the children line up and run wide receiver exercises.
I had them run a wide receiver “course,” and when they turned around I threw them the football (we used water balloons!) . We had children who have been waiting online be pretend defensive players to make it tougher for the wide receiver.
The children said there needed to be points included in the game so we chose if they missed they got no points. When they caught it popped they got a single point. When they caught it and it did not pop they got two points.
The younger children did not seem to care about points, but the older boys had been looking for a success!
Quarterback Twist Around
I found a picnic blanket at Walmart and cut out different shapes and awarded each shape a different point amount. On their turn they tried to throw a water balloon through one of the holes.
When they got it through the hole they got the points, and when a child on the other side of the tarp captured the balloon they then got the points too!
Children took turns tossing, catching, and holding the tarp up high. Whatever water balloons I had left after that I let the children play catch with, and then had them do quarterback “drills” at the walls (aka throw the water balloons at the wall!) .
After they picked up all the water balloon bits, we had otter pops and snacks!
After we had been great and respectful, we came in to cool down and create our football kickers!
Any football fan knows that sometimes a game boils down to a field goal kick. We left our kickers “catapult-style” out of popsicle sticks and rubber rings.
They’re quite simple to make however, the kiddos will require some help in the adult so be certain that you plan more time for it.
We utilized puff balls to get footballs. Once they created their field goal kickers they matched up and took turns their popsicle stick kickers. One child would make a field goal setting their hands together in ‘L’ shapes while the other child “kicked,” then they would switch. This was a winning activity for certain!
Another enjoyable game we played during the week has been “Coach” This is only like Simon Says, but using a sports motif. I’d have children take turns being trainer while I needed a moment or two to install the next activity.
There’s no doubt that children absolutely love matches, and what better way to educate them a little about various sports, compared to these super fun sports-themed actions?!
Have a look at our other themed-week thoughts!
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