A retro sports day is a chance to bring back some of the long forgotten games that use to be the main feature at any school sports day. You can have fun as a family, exercise and encourage some healthy competition! We have done this a few times over the years but now that Faith is home schooled, so has no school sports day, this will be an annual event for us. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. For more information about what this means, please click here.
Planning your retro sports day
This is a great day that needs very little prep work so is super easy to do as a spur of the moment activity. However, if you are more like me and like to plan ahead here are some things to think about.
Who you would like to take part.
You could do it as a household or you could make a big event of it by inviting extended family and friends too. (Remembering to stick to government advice during the COVID-19 pandemic).
Are you competing as individuals or in teams?
This often depends on how many of you will be taking part and how old people are. For example, if there were a few young children then you might like to pair up in adult and child teams so that everyone has a fair chance and the younger kids have the support of an adult throughout the games.
If you have teams then are you picking teams, letting people decide amongst themselves, or will you pick the names out of a hat?
What games will you be participating in?
How many games do you want to include and how will each game be played and scored. Read on for some game ideas and information on what we did at our latest retro sports day.
Will there be a prize for the winner/winning team? If so what will it be?
What if any food and drinks will you be having at the games? You could do nibbles, a picnic or a BBQ.
Games you could play
- Sack race
- Egg and spoon race
- Three-legged race
- Ring toss
- Water relay
- Table tennis
- Throw the bean bag in the target area
- Basketball dribbling
- Sprint race
- Wheelbarrow race
- Penny can
Our retro sports day!
I made some labels to write our names on so that we could pick our names out for teams to avoid arguments! I also made a scoresheet and an event list box.
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On the day
We had seven games for our retro sports day. We were in teams of two. There was Chloe and myself, Lauren and Faith and then Darren and James. Our first game was the egg and spoon race. We timed each team to run with their egg across the garden and back twice, relay style, and the fastest received three points. Two points for second and one for third.
Darren and James won this which was not surprising considering James is well over six foot tall, so only needed to take a few strides to get from one side of our tiny garden to the other!
Next, we played ring toss. I had a Halloween inflatable from last year’s Halloween party so we used that. Darren and James won that game too. Can you see a pattern developing!
The water relay was where Chloe and I shined! We won by a huge margin making it worth the pain! Each team had four minutes to run from our back gate around past several houses to our front door with a plastic cup of water and deposit it in a bowl. Then run back and the second team member could go.
This was funny as several neighbours saw us running with our cups and must have wondered what on earth we were doing! It was also a much longer distance than I had thought so I was shattered!
Game four was table tennis as I had a set from a pound shop where you clip a net to your dining table. This was our biggest downfall. Darren and James were a formidable team!
Over halfway through
We then had a game where you had to throw a beanbag into a hoop on the ground. As we had lost our beanbags we made the best of it by using a dog rope toy! Faith did really well at this game.
Basketball dribble was next and was simply bouncing a ball while running relay-style and the fastest team wins. Finally, we did a timed three-legged race. So as the garden is small, we timed each team on how long it took them to cross the garden and back twice. I wish that I had taken photos of this as it was extremely funny but I was too busy enjoying the moment!
So, as you have probably guessed, Darren and James were crowned the winners of the 2020 retro sports day! They won sweets and scratch cards and bragging rights for the year!
We finished the day with a BBQ and played some board games too. It was a much needed lovely family day and one which I look forward to every summer.
Let me know if you throw a retro sports day this year, I always love to hear from you. Also, what was your favourite game to play at your primary school sports day? I always enjoyed the sack race, although I was terrible!