Outdoor Fun and Fitness

Each of our outdoor blocks (whether regular after school or holiday camp) involves a fitness component where children have the chance to run and stretch and develop their physical skills and endurance. Below are the names and descriptions of some of our favorites!

Clean the backyard soccer variation game- students will split up into two teams; the game focused on clearing up all the soccer balls from their side of the field by kicking them to the opposing team’s side( cleaning their backyard). When the time is up, the team with the least amount of soccer balls on their side is the winner.

Chicken Run – Students will split up into two groups and have a baton passing relay race with obstacles and hurdles in between. The object of the game is for one team to get close enough to the opposing team to tag them with the baton.

Mother May I? Game (learned from kids) One student will be chosen to be the “Mother.” The remaining students will take turns asking the “Mother” if they could make different movements forward (can I take two steps ahead? Can I take three hops forward?) The “mother” will then answer with a yes or no. If no, she will give the student her instructions (take two steps back, etc.). The student that reaches the “Mother” first is the winner and then becomes the “mother.”No materials needed

Red light, Green light- Kids will lineup along the starting line, When you say ‘Green Light,’ everyone will move towards the finish line, When you say ‘Red Light,’ everyone must immediately stop. If players are still moving when you call ‘Red Light,’ they must go back to the starting line.

Run to the color- In this game, there will be two teams of the same amount of players. Cones of different colors will be placed in a circular shape; once the cones are placed, a person from each team will be placed in the middle. The teacher is the one who tells the directions (Ready, set, go). Once the teacher says “Go,” kids will spin until teachers say the color’s name; the kids will have to run the cone with the color announced. The first kid touching the cone wins a point for the team.

Scavenger Hunt- Kids work together exploring Central Park in teams with their instructor to see which team can obtain the most items from the list.

Ship shore- Kids work up a sweat as they need to get from one side of the field (ship) to the other side of the field (shore) as fast as they can.

Steal the bacon- Kids work together in teams to get to the object that is in the middle before the opposing team gets to it. If they are unable to retrieve the object in the middle they must tag the opposing team member before he/she gets back to their base in order to get a point for their team.

Soccer drills- Kids get to work on the fundamentals of the sport. I.e passing, scoring, goal keeping and dribbling.