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Relays and Races
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All the relays and races on this list are great fun, and most can be done as either a relay OR a race. Select which option you prefer based on how many kids will be at the party and how many items you need to provide for the game.
Read them over, pick which relays and races will work best for the age of your party guests, and play!
If possible, incorporate the colors or theme of your party into the games. For example, if your party is a Dora Party, use Dora’s colors of pink, purple and orange in the Balloon Pop Race.
After you've chosen from the list of relays and races, select other children’s party games such as target games and more from our kids party game page.
Fun Relays and Races
Balloon Pop Relays and Races – For a relay you’ll need a
balloon for each player and two chairs. Divide the kids into lines of
two teams and give each kid a balloon. Have a few extra balloons on hand
in case any pop before the game begins. On “Go”, one member of each
team will race to the chair, try to pop their balloon by sitting on it,
and when successful run back to the team. This is a relay and so the
next person on the team would then be able to go. Variation: You
can make this game into a race by giving each kid one or more balloon to
try to pop, with everyone starting at the same time. First one to pop
all their balloons wins!Balloon Race– You’ll
need one blown up balloon for every two players (blow up a few extra in
case any pop before the game starts). Have the teams race from one point
to another, while carrying a balloon between them. The catch? They
can’t use their hands to carry the balloon!
Silly Relay Race
Crazy and Silly Relay Race - Combine different ideas for relay races, but with a twist, for example kick a ball while wearing a flipper on one foot!
Egg and Spoon Relays and Races
– For a relay you’ll need a hard-boiled egg and a spoon for each team.
Divide the kids into two teams and have each team form a line. Have a
member of each team race to a certain point, holding the egg in the
spoon, and then return so that the next team member has a turn. Variation: Give each child a spoon and egg and have a race. If you don't want to use an egg, use ping pong balls, golf balls, etc.Frisbee Relay Race - You'll need a frisbee and baby pool for each team. Divide the kids into teams and have each team form a line. Have a
member of each team try to throw their frisbee so it lands in the baby pool, then retrieve it and give to the next player. Each team receives one point for each time the frisbee lands in the pool. Set a timer, and when time is up the team with the highest score wins.
Frisbee Toss Relay
Hopping Relays and Races– You’ll need a blown up balloon or
ball for each kid. Have kids race from point to point while hopping with
a ball or balloon between their legs. You can also use a bounce ball with a handle.
Hula Hoop Race– You’ll need two hula hoops. Divide
the kids into two teams and have each team form a line. Have team
members join hands and give each team a hula hoop. On “Go”, have team
members pass the hula hoop down the line without letting go of each
other’s hands.Jump Rope Relay Race - Divide the kids into teams and form lines. Have team members jump rope to a certain point, turn around, jump back, and then let the next team member go in this fun race.
Jump Rope Relay
- Obstacle Course - Divide the players
into two teams and set up an obstacle course. Have one player from each
team run the course, return to the team, and the second player runs the
course. The first team to have all their players complete the course
wins the game.
Obstacle Course Relay
Panty Hose Relays and Races– You’ll need a pair of panty hose
and two oranges per player. Drop an orange into the toe of one of the
legs of panty hose. Wrap the rest of the panty hose around the waist of
each player, so that the leg with the orange in it dangles between their
legs, no more than an inch off the ground. On “Go”, players must try to
roll the second orange across a finish line by hitting it with the
pantyhose orange. They’ll move their hips this way and that to try to
make the hit. Very funny to watch! You can also do this as a relay and
divide kids into two teams!
Pass the Orange – You’ll
need two oranges. Divide the players into teams that consist of two
lines. Pass an orange down each line, under the chin, without using your
hands. Sack Race – You’ll need a pillow case for each player. Have the kids place both legs inside the pillow case and hop to a finish line.
Scooter Relay Race
Scooter Relay – You’ll need a scooter for each player. Have the kids lay on the scooter and roll back and forth, with each team member getting a turn. This game needs an even surface so each team will be rolling over the same type of terrain. Good to do on a basketball court, tennis court, or long and wide driveway.
Stick Horse Relays and Races – For a fun race, ride stick horses by giving each kid a stick horse to ride. Don’t have access to a lot of stick horses? You can also make this into a relay race between two teams.
Sweeping Relays and Races – To play this as a race you’ll need a broom and a balloon for each player. Make sure you have extra blown up balloons available in case any pop. Have the kids sweep the balloon toward a finish line. Variation: If playing this game as a relay, divide the kids into two teams with a broom and a balloon for each team. Have the kids sweep a balloon towards a certain point and back again. If the balloon pops, have them get a new balloon and continue with the race.Three Legged Race – You’ll need a scarf, bandana or piece of rope for every two players. Pair up the children and have them stand side by side, with an arm around their partner’s waist. The partners' inside legs should be touching. Tie the inside legs together so each pair of children has three legs rather than four. On “Go”, have the pairs race to a finish line. Tire Relay Race - You will need a tire for each team. Divide into teams, and have each team race to roll the tire to a point, turn around and then roll it back for the next team member to take a turn.
Tire Relay Race
Up and Down Race - You’ll need two small objects, such as
bean bags, small stuffed animals, etc. Divide the players into teams
that consist of two lines and have the lines facing one direction. Hand
the first person in each team an object. On “Go”, they must hand the
object to the next person in line, but only by passing it over their
head. The second person in line must pass the item on by passing it
under their legs. Each time the object reaches the last person, have
them run to the front of the line and be the new head of the line,
passing the object back again, over heads and between legs. The race is
over when everyone has had a chance to be the head of the line.
- You’ll need two buckets and a shallow bowl for each team, and water!
Divide the kids into two teams. For each team, place a bucket full of
water at the starting line, and an empty bucket a distance away. On
“Go”, have a person from each team fill their bowl with water, run to
their other bucket to pour in the water, and then run back to their team
for the next person to have their turn. Have the relay continue until
the bucket is full (or until the water level reaches a certain
pre-determined height.) More water games
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