Relay Race Ideas & more: Fun Tips & Suggestions


Relay Race is a super, fun classic game & great entertainment for any party! Find a variety of games for all ages right here!

BALLON RELAY:
Indoor/Outdoor
Recommended age: 6 years & older
What you need:
Balloons (at least 1 balloon per team)
Directions:
1. Before the start, each team assembles in single file with the first player in each line holding a balloon.
2. On the signal “Go!” the first player of each team passes the balloon between his/her legs to the next person in line.
3. Each recipient in turn passes the balloon overhead to the teammate directly behind him/her.
4. The balloon is passed alternately between players’ legs and over players’ heads all the way down the line.
5. When the last person receives the balloon, he or she races to the front of the line and the balloon pass resumes.
6. The relay continues until one of the original team players regains position at the front of her line and pops the teen balloon.

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POPCORN RELAY:
Indoor (it might get a little messy, though ;-)/Outdoor
Recommended age: 6 years & older
What you need:
2 big bags of pop corn
2 paper cups per party guest
2 paper clips per party guest
2 rubber bands per party guest
2 large shallow boxes
Directions:
1. Prepare a pair of plastic or paper cups for each runner.
2. Use a tack to poke a hole in the center of each cup bottom.
3. Push one end of a thick rubber band through the hole and into the cup.
4. Slip a paperclip on the end of the band inside the cup, & gently pull the other end until the clip rests on the bottom of the cup.
5. The rubber band, worn around the foot, holds the cup in place atop the shoot.
Before the race:
1. Just prior to the race, one member from each team is issued a big bag of popcorn and charged with filling teammates cups from the moment the starting signal goes off until the relay ends. These individuals stand alongside their teams behind the starting line.
2. Two large, shallow boxes are set 5 yards beyond the starting line, opposite the teams.
During the race:
1. With the "Go!" signal, the first person in each line gets his cups filled, sprints to the team box, and empties his cups into it, trying to lose as little popcorn as possible along the way.
2. He/she then runs back to tag the next person in line.
3. The new runner heads to the team box, and the first runner goes to the end of the line.
4. The relay continues for two minutes, or until one of the popcorn bags is emptied.
5. Then the popcorn in each box is measured, and the team with a most is declared the winner.

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QUICK CHANGE RELAY RACE:
Indoor/Outdoor
Recommended age: 6 years & older
What you need:
2 boxes or baskets
2 hats
2 coats
2 dresses
2 shirts/blouses
2 skirts
2 pairs of pants
2 pairs of shoes
Clothes should be large enough to fit easily over what children are already wearing. If possible choose clothes that match the party theme.
Directions:
1. Divide children into two teams.
2. Mark a start/finish line for race & place both boxes with one set of clothing in each box, 15-20' from start/finish line.
3. Each team has its own box of clothes. The first player from each team starts the game by racing to the box & putting on all the clothes from his/her box.
4. That player then races back to the start/finish line, quickly takes of the clothes & hands them to the next player.
5. The next player rushes to put on the clothes, then races back to the box. Quickly removes the clothes & puts them back in the box.
6. That player then races back to the start/finish line, tags the next player, who quickly runs to the box & puts on clothes.
7. The first team to have all players complete the race, wins.

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EGG RACE:
Indoor/Outdoor
Recommended age: 6 years & older
What you need:2 spoons
2 boiled or plastic eggs
How to play:
1. Divide children into two teams. Give each team a spoon & an egg.
2. Mark a start/finish line for race & a turn-around point, like a tree or a chair, between 15-20' from start/finish line.
3. Each player must place an egg on the spoon & walk, as fast as he/she can, to the turn-around point and back, balancing egg on spoon.
4. Make sure children understand that they cannot hold egg while they walk. If egg falls, they must stop, place egg back on spoon, and continue the race. Anyone caught holding the egg will have to start his/her turn all over.
5. The first team to have all players complete the race, wins.

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CAVEMAN RELAY RACE:
Indoor/Outdoor
Recommended age: 6 years & older
What you need:
2 empty soda bottles (1 or 2 liter size)
2 wooden dowels (1/2" in diameter and approximately 30" in length) or brooms
Duct tape or cloth-backed adhesive tape
Newspaper (4-80 sheets)
4 brown paper lunch bags
Wide-tipped, felt marker (black)
String or bag of flour or washable spray paint (for example spray paint used for landscape designs)
How to play:
Before the party:
1. Make "prehistoric boulders" by crumpling newspaper & stuffing 1-2 sheets into each lunch bag.
2. Fold top of lunch bag over & tape bag closed with duct tape. (Note: even though game calls for only two bags or "boulders" per team, had the extra bags on hand, just in case your "cavemen" get carried away ;-)
3. Using felt-tipped pen, make distinguishing marks on boulders for each team, for example, small circles for one team, and small x's for the other team.
4. Make the caveman "club" by placing one dowel in each soda bottle & taping dowel in place. You can also use brooms without using the soda bottles.
5. Set up an obstacle course in party area, using boxes, chairs, bushes, trees, etc.
6. Mark course with string or by dripping flour from bag or used washable spray paint (the kind you can also use for landscape design
During the party:
1. Divide children into two teams.
2. Line up both teams start/finish line.
3. To start game, first player from each team uses the "club" to knock his/her team's "boulder" through obstacle course. (Remind children to hit only their own team's boulder.)
4. Each player keeps hitting the boulder through the entire course in order to complete is/her turn. The next player from each team then takes is/her turn through obstacle course.
5. The first team to finish the course, wins.

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COFFEE CAN RELAY:
Outdoor
What you need:
Large coffee cans
Rope
Directions:
1. Gather together large coffee-type cans and punch two holes in the side walls, opposite of each other near the closed end of the can.
2. Place a thin rope through the holes and tie the rope in a loop that is long enough to hold onto when standing on the can. Make several of these for your group.
3. Divide your group into two teams.
4. Give each team two cans to walk on - one for each foot.
5. On the start signal “Go!” the first member of each team starts walking on the cans towards a mark that is about 5 yards away, walks around the mark, and walks back to his/her team, giving the cans to the next team member, who starts walking on the cans towards the mark, and so on, until all the team members finish the can walk.
6. The first team to have all members finish the can walk wins!

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EGG & WOODEN SPOON RACE:
Indoor/Outdoor
Recommended age: 6 years & older
What you need:
A few hard-boiled eggs either plain or decorated war plastic eggs
2 Wooden spoons
2 Team flags
Directions:
1. Each team stands in single file behind the starting line and opposite their respective flags, set in the ground about 5 yards away.
2. At the signal “Go!”, the first player in each line, balancing an egg on the spoon, races around his team's flag, then back to transfer the egg and spoon to the next teammate.
3. The recipient races to the flag and the race continues until one team finishes the course. Anyone who drops an egg must run to the start line for another before resuming.

Now, how about a relay race idea for younger kids? Try this cute one:

BUTTERFLY RELAY:
Indoor/Outdoor:
Recommended age: 3 years & older
What you need:
Toy Butterflies
Two nets
Directions:
1. Break into two lines.
2. Place a bunch of toy butterflies 20 feet from the starting line.
3. Hand the first two players nets.
The object is for each child to “catch “ a butterfly, run back, and pass the net to the next.
4. The team who catches the most wins.

SPONGE RELAY RACE:
Divide into 2 teams and have each team stand in a line. Place a bucket of water and a sponge at the front of each line. The player in front dips the sponge into the bucket. The sponge is then passed to the back of the line, with players alternating passing it over their heads and between their legs. When it reaches the back of the line, that player runs to the front and the race continues. The first team to have their original player in front again wins!

SAND RELAY:
Divide into 2 teams and have each team stand in a line. Place a container full of sand at the front of each line, and a small bucket at the end of each line. When the race starts, the first player in line grabs a handful of sand and passes it to the student behind him. The team passes the sand from hand to hand, until the last player in line dumps it into the bucket. The first team to fill up their bucket wins!

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