Learning Laboratory: Preschool Game Day!

hula hoop ball at preschool game day

My son’s preschool is excellent, and their annual game day is always a highlight of the year! Emma and Lily got to come along to watch – and participate, in most of the activities. The hula hoop “basketball” setup was a favorite with both Emma and Johnny (Lily was velcro-ed to me at this point, and so didn’t participate).

T-ball on preschool game day

Johnny loved T-ball so much, that we invested in this batting tee for him to enjoy this summer. I think his sisters will have fun with it as well! He doesn’t know it exists, yet. Lily has been standing in as his backyard pitcher – a pastime I hope will continue after the batting tee arrives!

dancing with scarves at preschool game day

Dancing with scarves to music was Emma’s favorite part, while Lily was enthralled with beach balls. We have three beach balls to play with in our yard this summer!

beach ball fun at preschool game day

It was so fun to see all three kids participate together with other students and siblings for the goodbye song, gathered around a giant parachute!

parachute goodbye song at preschool game day

What are your favorite active, outdoor games for little ones?

learning laboratory at mama smiles

Learning Laboratory celebrates hands-on, creative, and fun learning for all ages. I hope you’ll share some of the fun learning that has been happening in your homes! Here are a few of my favorites from the posts that were linked up last week:


  1. says

    Love the parachute picture – looks like an amazing group all having fun together!!

    My kids are sort of learning to hula hoop. Mostly they imagine outside, and run around. :)

    • maryanne says

      I need to find some hula hoops for my kids. Emma has been asking for one for ages, and I know she plays with them at school.

    • maryanne says

      It’s fantastic – they spend the entire day outside – and had perfect weather for it, this year!

    • maryanne says

      I thought the hula hoop basketball was particularly brilliant – such an easy way to create a small-child-friendly “basketball” game!

    • maryanne says

      Both – they can use a regular baseball if it’s just one kid out there batting, but if siblings are playing nearby they have to use a wiffle ball. My son especially seems to enjoy the feeling of hitting a proper baseball :)

  2. says

    We have the same T, which we got for J’s baseball themed party. It was a great investment. Being overwhelmed by little kids we opted for the plastic bat + wiffle ball option for the party, and all the kids loved it. It looks like the kiddos had a great time at preschool game day. Thanks for sharing your fun.

  3. says

    I love that parachute thingy! We also use that in the school where I go to work. I love it when we do “hot air balloon” :) Being part of preschool game day brings out the kid in us too, doesn’t it?

  4. says

    We are taking a parachute to Cambodia to play with our kids that we sponsor. I can’t wait to hear their laughter!!! :)

    I shared an older post (10 Little Rubber Ducks) this week as it goes perfect with your 5 Little Duck!

  5. Mark says

    I have always encouraged my kids to be as energetic and positive as always. They loved engaging in any kind of outdoor sports as long as they get to play and enjoy with other kids. I love that picture where kids gathered around that giant parachute.


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