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  • An Elementary School Sports Party

  • The kids are going to be on a cake-induced sugar buzz anyway ... why not have them burn off some energy with some friendly athletic competitions?
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  • The kids are going to be on a cake-induced sugar buzz anyway ... why not have them burn off some energy with some friendly athletic competitions?
    Make your home feel like your child's favorite team's home arena by serving hot dogs in their regional style. For example, serve your little Red Sox fans Fenway franks (boiled then grilled dogs, served on New England-style buns and covered with mustard and relish).
    Or, rent a hot dog steamer, cotton candy machine or popcorn machine for an authentic snack-bar feel.
    Serve a birthday cake decorated with team colors or in the shape of a football, baseball diamond, etc.
    Make your own invitations that look like a ticket to a sporting invent
    Use a chalkboard, whiteboard, or large poster board to track the results of each event. Award ribbons to the winners, or have a bucket of prizes (perhaps in lieu of party favors). Warm up Have the birthday child lead the kids in stretches, jumping jacks, and running in place to warm up for the events. Long jump Using chalk, draw a 3' x 6' rectangle. Mark the starting line at one end, and measure and draw lines every 12 inches. The jumper stands with toes at the starting line and jumps as far as s/he can. Mark each jumper's results in the rectangle. 25 yard dash Using a stopwatch, time each runner as they sprint for 25 yards.
    Hoops Give each player a chance to shoot 10 baskets closet to the hoop, 10 at the foul line, and 10 shooting backwards over their heads. Keep track of total baskets. Balloon relay races Divide the children into three or four teams. Position a parent about 30 feet from each team. Line up each team behind the starting line. Kids must tap the balloon to keep it in the air and run up to and around the parent, returning to the starting line, where the next child does the same.
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