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!
This spirit activity had been very popular. It’s a just like a real snowball fight. It’s in the gym and instead of snow you use socks that are curled up into a ball. There are tables turned on their sides and big boxes on the gym floor as protectors and to hid from getting hit. There are two teams and if a person is hit by a snowball, they are out of the game. The last team with players that haven’t been hit win. This is an activity that even the teachers like to get involved with.
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.
For our recent Spirit Week events, one of the lunchtime activities we hosted was called Human Bowling. You have two participants per class/homeroom. One of them acts as the bowling ball, the other as the bowler. The bowling ball person is strapped face down with bungee ties to a skateboard while wearing some type of helmet. At the other end of the gym, you place a number of plastic bowling pins (5 or 10 pin bowling, its your choice!)
The bowler pushes his/her partner towards the pins until they are about 5 feet away. Then he/she must release and allow the “ball” to go on his own. The winner is the class who hits the most pins.
Note: To be safe, be sure that there is a “catcher” behind the pins to catch the “balls”. Our students thought this was the greatest and it was a great start to Spirit Week.
Monique van Dop
Sell tickets in advance for a car smash for charity. You can also sell tickets on the day, but with promotion, you will sell more tickets when you sell them in advance on this event. We sold ours for three swings for $2 and auctioned off the chance to be one of the first three people to swing the sledge hammer. We got a car donated from a local wrecker and had the fluids and window glass removed by our auto shop. (The windshield remained because it is safety glass.) Swingers had to wear safety glasses and work gloves and could not get on the vehicle.
We raised over $250 for our charity.
Run an old-fashioned spelling bee as a home room competition at lunchtime. Promote it with signs filled with spelling mistakes. Host it by grade level for each day with Friday as the finals for school champ.
The words are made known to the audience by placing them on a screen behind the participants, so the whole cafeteria can see the correct spelling.
The grade winner for each day gets a can of Alphagetti. Home made trophy for the champ with a mini box of Alpha Bits. The words do need to be challenging, so a long list is needed for each day.
Preston High School