Is there any better way to celebrate the end of the school year than to host a tug-of-war contest, a three-legged race, or a kickball game? Field day is a time-honored tradition at elementary schools across America, providing kids with the chance to run around outdoors and blow off steam, enjoy competitive, athletic fun, and show their school spirit and colors. However, it’s not all just fun and games, because field day can also be used as a teaching moment to instill in your little Olympians the importance of teamwork, fairness and good sportsmanship.
The Olympic Games have two mottos: “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” and “The most important thing is not to win but to take part.” One way to make all the kids feel as if they’re included and taking part in the field day festivities is to have them wear specially designed field day shirts. With shirt designs that incorporate both the Olympic rings and Olympic torch, kids competing in egg-spoon relays and Frisbee golf games will feel like Olympic champions; besides, what’s field day, really, if not a mini Olympics?
Custom designed shirts create a sense of unity, camaraderie, and teamwork on the playing field. In that regard, field day shirts are a lot like professional sports jerseys. However, instead of having the kids exchange their field day shirts like pro soccer players exchanging jerseys at the end of a game, have them sign their names and date the backs of each other’s shirts. It’s not only a fun way to teach the importance of unity and teamwork, but also a great way to turn an early summer day into a lasting memory. Ready! Set! Go Team!