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A Day to Play AND Learn
This year Sandy Ridge put a twist on Field Day...and celebrated games and made connections from around the world! Want to have a pizza box relay race? First, learn about the origins of pizza in Italy and how remains of a pizzeria have been found in the ruins of Pompeii. Do you think you can take on the egg (golf ball) and spoon challenge? Maybe, but you won't be dressed in quite the right apparel since the first record of an egg and spoon race was in England where village children played the game to celebrate Queen Victoria's jubilee. What about bowling, that's a modern sport, right? Not so fast. Crude bowling pins and balls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, making it about a 5,000 year old sport.
From learning about the harvesting of natural sponges in Lebanon for the over/under sponge relay to jumping rope and Double Dutch from the Netherlands, Sandy Ridge students played as they learned about the world. At each game station students were taught information about the country of origin of the sporting activity or one of its items. Who says Field Day is all about playing?
Written by: Alison Belk and Mary Jo More
Posted: May 08, 2015 by Donna Ko