Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to school fun activities

It's almost time to get back to school.

And maybe you are considering how to make some fun activities for the kids.

But with a small budget.

Here are some frugal activities, but guaranteed to be fun, to enjoy getting back to school.

1. Water carrying

All the teams are organized in a line behind the starting line.

The person in turn has a plastic spoon.

Everyone needs to go fetch water from a bucket and carry the water in the spoon until the team's water cup.

After leaving the water in the cup, the person goes back to the start line to pass the spoon to the next person in line.
The teams continue carrying water until othey manage to fill their cup.

The first team to fill the cup is the winner.

2. Match throwing


All the teams are organized in line behind the starting line.

The first person is given a match.

They need to throw the match as far as they possibly can.

The next person in team moves to the place where the match landed and throws the match forward from there.
Everyone in the team throws the match ones.

The team that reaches furthest is the winner.

3. Tower building


Each team is given two sheets of size A3 paper.

Using only the two sheets of paper the team must build a tower that can stand alone.
The team that builds the highest tower will win.

To make sure that the competition is fair, there can be a time limit how long the tower must stand alone to qualify.

4. Squeeze the bean


Each team stands in line behind the starting line.

The first person in each team is given a clothespin.

The team must carry as many beans as they can with the clothespin to their cup.

When the person with the clothespin has carried their fill of beans to the cup, they must pass the pin to the next person in the line.

The first team to fill the cup with beans is the winner.

5. Turn the paper


All the teams are given a large piece of paper with a black cross on it.

The temas are directed to stand on the paper.

They must stand on the side without the cross.

The teams goal is to turn the paper so that the cross on the other side is now up.

But they can never step on the ground.
The team whose member steps on the ground is disqualified.

The first team to turn the paper over is the winner.

 Hope you will enjoy the activities as much as we did!

45 comments:

  1. Great ideas! Fun for the family, simple, and inexpensive. And the pictures tell the story even more.

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  2. I used to play those games when little! Was never really good at them as I don't like to run and much less carry stuff that might get me dirty. needless to say, I didn't play much haha
    xo,
    Dee Trillo
    http://HauteFrugalista.com
    @HauteFrugalista

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    1. It is hard to play without getting dirty :) But sometimes that can be fun too. If you prepare the right outfit for it :)

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  3. These are the things that make memories for a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. These are some great and fun ideas, I need to do some of these with my granddaughter.

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  5. A lot of my friend have studied in Ecuador and they describe it as being so beautiful and fun! This post just reminded me of that. There's no better back to school activity than spending time with your loved ones <3

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    1. I think beautiful and fun is a good description. I'm glad to hear that your friends have good memories of Ecuador.

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  6. I've seen a lot of people do egg carrying - we used to do that when we were kids, but we haven't done it with water. Great pics!

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  7. These are great activities! Everyone looks like they are having so much fun!

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  8. I love these ideas. Backyard parties are always better with fun, family friendly activities. The "flip the paper" challenge is my favorite.

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    1. I think it was everyone's favorite. Although, it's hard to do.

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  9. Thanks for ideas. My kids are getting really bored and I need some new activities to do around here.

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  10. Fun games! Looks like even the adults had fun!

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  11. Thanks for the wonderful ideas! From the pictures it looks like everyone had a blast!

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  12. This is great! It's so nice to see younger humans enjoying life without electronics! <3 These are some great ideas we could all use.

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    1. That is so true! At first the kids were just sitting around with tablets and smartphones. They didn't even want to go swimming while waiting the adults get ready. And then they were whining a little that they had to leave the electronic devices. But when we started for real they forgot all about them and had fun for real!

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  13. That looks like a great party/activity. I love the beans with clothes pins the best. I am imagining a minute-to-win-it game using that idea. Thanks.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it. It's great activity for fine motor skills and it's so much fun because it is hard to do.

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  14. Thank you for the great ideas! It looks like everyone had a blast!!!

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  15. Those are some fun games. What a great way to keep everyone active.

    Michelle F.

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  16. Wow, great activities for kids. These are fun ways to relax and enjoy before the school starts. You gave me an idea on games like these.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that, Kath! Hope you'll have as much fun as we did :)

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  17. looks like everyone had a great time with this back-to-school activities. i believe teachers ought to bear in mind that kids in school also needs an ample amount of time to learn outdoors, thus the need for activities like this.

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    1. That is very true! Especially when kids get back from vacations. It's hard to go back sitting all day and listening.

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  18. Oh gosh I love the squeeze the bean game even my teenager would enjoy playing it and the water carrying too, thanks for sharing I have 2 new games I'm sure my kids and nephews will love

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  19. This looks like SOO much fun. Our only activity for going back to school is to complain about going back to school. I might have to do some of these with the kids and make our own little bash. :)

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    1. Oh, I hope you'll do Becka. I'll be looking forward reading about it :)

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  20. That looks like a fun game to play at a backyard barbecue! The kids look like they are having so much fun outdoors playing in the great weather.

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    1. That's a great idea, April! It's good to take advantage of the summer as long as it lasts.

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  21. Greta game ideas and looks like a fun-filled day too!

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  22. These games sound like a lot of fun and they actually sound like they may be challenging which is great for the kids. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. How fun. I love the tower idea, we'd have a blast with that here too. The kids love stuff like that at my house.

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  24. Such a cute way to look at back to school. I love the pics

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  25. Oh my goodness...what fun ways to get motivated! Love the spoon and water

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  26. Love this ideas!! It just proves that you don't need to spend to make others have fun..

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  27. =) Fun games! I love how everyone looks to have a great time.

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  28. Awh, it looks like you guys had a blast. So much fun- love games like this with our kids.

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  29. looks like such a fun activity! i miss playing like this with my friends too brings back memories!

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  30. These look like really fun activities! I'd love to play these games with my little cousins!

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  31. WOW what super ideas. LOVE LOVE LOVE the paper tower idea. I had never heard of that one

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  32. These look like some super fun activities for back to school times. The kids have stuff like this coming up in the next few weeks.. They don't go back til Sept though.

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  33. These are some great ideas for fun activities.

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  34. Oh I love this post, thank you for an insight into your world and for joining in our #backtoschool link up

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  35. What a lot of fun activities. Great ideas.

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