backyard relay games

Try these old school favorites at your next play date to keep kids running, jumping, and staying fit.

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When the weather is nice, there's no better reason to get outside and get your child moving! Try these old school favorites at your next play date to keep kids running, jumping, and staying fit.
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1. Water Balloon Toss

This is a great activity for warm afternoons. Have kids pair up and stand facing each other about two feet apart. When you say "go" kids toss the water balloon to their partner. If they are able to catch the balloon without it breaking, both members of the team take a step back. This continues until there is one team left.
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2. Three-legged Race

Have kids of similar height pair up and stand next to each other. Use a dish towel or a cloth to tie their inside legs (the right leg of the partner on the left and the left leg of the partner on the right) together. Teams line up at the starting line and parents can stand at the finish line to give the signal. When you say "go" teams will walk as fast as they can to reach the finish line.
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3. Clothes Relay

To set up this game you'll need two sets of outfits: shirts, pants, shoes, and ties. Split a group of kids into two teams. Then split each team in half and have these subgroups stand facing each other, a few feet apart. Place a set of clothes in a pile in front of the first member of each team. When you give the signal, kids put on the clothes as fast as they can and then run to the other half of their team. They then remove the clothes and the next member of the team puts them on. This repeats until each member of the team has had a turn. The first team to complete the game wins.
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4. Egg and Spoon Relay

This game will put kids' balancing skills to the test! Have kids form two teams and line up one behind the other. Mark the finish line with a cloth or flag. Each team is given an egg and a spoon. At your signal, a member of each team will walk as fast as they can holding the egg with the spoon to the finish line and back. The first team to have all of its members go to the finish line and back wins.
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5. Potato Sack Race

Use a large burlap bag or a pillowcase for this activity. Have kids form two teams and line up. The first member of each team will step inside the bag and hold the top of it. Mark a finish line with a cloth or flag. At your signal, kids will hop, keeping their legs and feet inside the bag, until they reach the finish line and hop back. Repeat until each member of each team has had a turn.
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