Some activities need the gross gucky stuff, but the problem is what to do with that kiddie pool full of Jell-O and oatmeal after you’ve had your fun. A good alternative is peat moss. Just add water and you have instant mud! It’s cheap and enviro friendly. The stuff looks gross and formidable, but the beauty of it is that you can get dirty and then simply spread it around on the lawn after you’re done. (Don’t spread it around on a gym floor after you’re done, as there is little need for that kind of thing) We discovered that marshmallows can survive in a peat moss soup and they don’t taste that bad either!
If you can, find a teacher that is willing to kiss a pig for donations. Or you can have 4 teachers volunteer and the teacher with the most money gets the opportunity.
Tell the students that if you raise a certain amount of money the teacher will kiss a live pig at the next pep assembly. At the event, sell pictures of the teacher smoochin’ the pig for a buck apiece. Students love it, and lots of staff will contribute to the funds as well.
Skyview High School Denver Colorado USA
During Spirit week at our school we had a lunchtime activity entitled “Polar Bear Tough Man” we had brave students get in a kiddie’s pool (or if you have a large enough body of water around) full of ice water and the person that stayed in the longest won. It was a little dangerous because it was so cold outside but if you live in a warm climate then go for it! The prize was a mug of hot chocolate for each participant and a t-shirt for the bravest participant.
During Salad Spirit Week, each dress-up day was named for a salad dressing. Monday = Ranch Day, so people wore cowboy/western clothes; Tuesday = Thousand Islands, so people wore beach/tropical attire; Wednesday = Caesar, so people wore togas (in accordance with school dress code, of course); Thursday = blue cheese day, so people wore all blue; Friday = Salad day, so people wore green, which is one of our school colours. In addition to dressing up each day, lunchtime activities ranged from salad bowling (use a head of lettuce as a bowling ball and cucumber halves as pins) to salad toss (a blindfolded person had to throw salad fixings backwards as their partner tried to catch them with a salad bowl). Prizes included salads and salad bar gift certificates from a local restaurant. The students had fun with the activities, and teachers and students alike appreciated the creativity of the salad-themed week.
We decided, near the beginning of the year, to have a spirit week. The activities (by day) were:
Day 1: School colours day – people dressed in our school colours (burgundy and white) and got a tootsie pop for participating.
Day 2: Karaoke – we got a karaoke thing and a guy to help, students would come up and sing along to their fav songs. All but one person sounded 99% like the person who really sang the song!! There was a great turnout. No money.
Day 3: Root beer chugalug – messy but fun. You get people to drink down a full can of root-beer and then run across an obstacle course to their partner, who then had to do the same thing. Prize was given to the team that finished the quickest (disqualified if can not finished)
Day 4: Sumo wrestling – we rented these big suits, that when worn, made the person look really big, and the helmets were like the hair and all, it was really funny, and groups of two friends (or I guess they could have been enemies…) wrestled each other in them. It was safe since the suits were so big it was like a big pillow around the person.
Day 5: wrap up…we had something on the announcements that kind of gave school spirit and wrapped it up. And a few things like that. :o)