Ten Relay Race Ideas and Games For Kids and Family
The Family Amazing Race! Getting Ready for Family Relay Races
Today, our schedule was pretty empty. I asked the kids what they wanted to do this evening as a family. The kids yelled in unison, “Family Relays!”
Two years ago my husband was out of town for a trip. The kids and I came up with the first annual family relay races. My children were ages: five, five, four and four and less than one at the time. We divided up into two teams. Each team had a five year old and a four year old. The baby ‘cheered’ on both teams.
Brainstorming Family Relay Activities
The kids are now two years older and today will be the third annual relays. To prepare for today’s festivities, I suggested the kids get a piece of paper and start brainstorming ideas. They later handed me a paper with ten relay race ideas.
I reviewed the ideas, modified a bit and assigned teams. The field was created. The props, snacks and clothes were set aside. The camera is ready.
Opening Ceremonies For The Family Relay Games
The kids put on their team uniforms, also known as swimsuits. We reviewed the rules:
- Play fair
- No crying
- Have fun
We began the games with a group huddle and exclaimed, “Let the games begin!”
Dress Up Like Your Mom...And Run Relay
Dress Up Like Your Mom
In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, we opened the games with dress up like your Mom. I am a stay at home mom and am generally dressed in workout clothes. The relay entailed dressing up in a tank top, running shorts and a pair of my gym shoes and running to a turnaround point and back. You must then undress yourself (with or without partner’s help) and then the partner must dress up in Mom’s clothes. After they are completely dressed, they must run to the turnaround point and back. The winner completes the course first.
Apple Eating Contest
Apple Eating Contest Relay
We like to include a few eating relays during the events. This year our first eating event involved how quickly can your team eat an apple. They pass the apple back and forth until the apple is deemed complete. The winner eats the apple the fastest.
Nothing like slipping in some healthy eating during games!
Time For A Three Legged Race!
The Traditional Three Legged Race Relay
For a traditional three legged race, two of the legs are tied together. We chose to stick both legs in one sock. As a group they must run, hobble or drag their partner to the turnaround point and back. The winner completes the course first.
The three legged race usually is one of the funniest to watch.
Can You Make The Other Team Laugh?
Make The Other Team Laugh
Each team will try to make the other team laugh. The goal is to keep a straight face. Teams are timed to see how long it takes until they can’t hold it in any longer and bust out laughing. The longer you can hold out, your team will win.
The crazier the better for this event!
Another Eating Relay: Can You Eat a Popsicle While Your Partner Holds It?
Popsicle Eating Contest
Each team is given two Popsicles. Your team wins when both Popsicles have been eaten. You must hold your partner’s Popsicle while trying to eat the one they are holding for you.The team to eat both Popsicles first, wins
This race is a mess, but a blast to watch!
Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
Chalk Drawing Contest
Each team traces their partner's body outline with chalk on the sidewalk. The goal is to draw the most creative picture of your partner. Drawings are judged for creativity.
The chalk drawing event usually results in an ‘everyone wins’ vote!
Assuming no rain, those who pass by can enjoy the artwork for days.
Water Bucket Head Dump Relay Race
Sand and Water Buckets
Water Bucket Relay
Who doesn’t love getting wet on a hot day? My kids love the water. The water bucket event involved running to the turnaround point, dumping a bucket of water on your head and returning to your partner. Your partner does the same.The winning team completes the course first.
This is a fan and participant favorite!
Three Paper Plate Walk
Paper Plate Walk
Your partner must walk to the turnaround spot and back only stepping on three paper plates. The partner must quickly alternate paper plates under the feet. Both partners must take a turn. The winner completes the course and stays on the plates.
Have a few spare plates ready. Paper works better than Styrofoam.
Eat Popcorn Without Your Hands!
Popcorn Eating Contest
The third and final eating challenge is the popcorn eating contest. A plate of popcorn is placed in front of each team. Each team will eat from their plate as quickly as possible, not using hands. The winner is determined by which team has eaten the most given a one minute time limit.
Be ready for some head bumping...and some laughs.
Pushing Kids In Baby Cars!
Think About Your Own Baby Car Relay!
Push Baby Car Relays
Pushing your partner in a baby car is not a challenge. Pushing your partner's baby car in the grass is. To make the kids think it is sillier, they are dressed in hats and gloves. Partners can be pushed or pulled to the turnaround point and back.The winning team completes the course first.
Pulling is easier, but we never let the kids onto this trick!
Has your family competed in family relay races?
Family Outdoor Activity Success!
The kids had a blast. The two year old had a fun watching and trying to participate. He even got pushed in the baby car races. My husband and I could not stop laughing between organizing the next event and watching the kids fall over cracking up. It is hard to take pictures when you are laughing, too!
Family relay races have become a family tradition. In a few years, my husband and I will not need to organize and assist in the games. We might be on a team.
The kids anxiously talked about doing the relays all day. They fondly talked about having done the relays all night.
I am anxious for the next time the course is set up, the huddle is formed and “Let the games begin” is yelled!
Family relay races are an outdoor family activity that is here to stay!