Use old shoe boxes (large enough for a foot to step
in) or boxes similar in size and height. Mark the boxes
from 1 to 9, by painting a large numeral on the inside bottom of
each. Mark off two adjacent areas about 5 feet by 12 feet
for the two tracks. Place 9 cartons along each track in
the arrangement shown. This race can be run individually
or in teams, as desired. Each person taking part must step
from box number 1 to box number 2 and so on in consecutive
order; then return to the start, stepping from box number 9 to
box number 8 and so on. Anyone stepping out of the box
during the race is disqualified. The person or team
finishing in the shortest time wins.
You need two old throw rugs for this race.
Attach two straps near one end for the feet and two near the
other end for the hands. The first player on each team
seats himself on the rug, inserting feet (in front of them) and
hands (in back of them) through the straps. While sitting,
he bounces over a course of perhaps 20 feet. When he
reaches the end, he picks up his rug and runs back to the
starting point, tags the second member of the team who repeats
the process, and so on.
The antics of the runners, trying to keep their paper
shoes on while they run, provide as much fun for the onlookers
as for those taking part.
Use ordinary brown grocery bags for the shoes, small
size for the children and larger bags for the adults. One
wide side of the bag will be the sold of the shoe.
Cut away the top half of the other side so you can slip the
"shoe" onto your foot.
Organize teams and give first runner on each a pair of
shoes. At a signal, first man on each team slips on shoes
and runs a set course and back. Any who loses a shoe must
replace it before continuing. As first runner finishes,
second runner places shoes on and runs the course.
Obstacle Relay Race
This race is run in pairs with one member blindfolded,
followed by the second member to direct and guide.
Use cardboard cartons for obstacles and place them,
hit or miss, in an area about 7 feet by 25 feet. At a
given signal, the blindfolded racer starts with his guide
behind, telling him where to go with remarks such as: Take
3 steps forward, one to right, or stop!; but never touching
blindfolded racer. If racer touches an obstacle, he must
be led back one box and try attain. When they complete the
course, the two exchange roles and return over the same ground
in the same way.
The Three Bears
To make the hungry bears, cut out center sections, as
shown, from paper plates, including part of the rim at what will
be the bottom of the bear's mouth. Cut ears from the
discarded portion and staple in place. Draw features with
a felt tip pen. Tie a string through holes in ears,
so the head hangs down about 8 inches.
Tape the three heads along the edge of a picnic table
with masking tape. Have the player stand 5 feet
away. Give him three balls, one for each bear.
Players who succeed in throwing balls through all three mouths,
receive a small prize.
'n Turn Relay
Any number of teams containing an equal number of
persons can play this game. Line up the teams in
rows next to each other, behind a starting line. You will
need some baseball bats, sticks, canes or umbrellas, one for
Give one to the first person of each team. At a
given signal, the first racer on each team runs up to a
designated line about 30 feet away. He stands his bat
upright. he then places his hands on the top of the bat
and then places his forehead on top his hands. he walks
around the bat about 5 times, all the while keeping his head on
After he has made his 5 turns, he drops the bat and
tries to hurry back to the next person on his team. This
sounds easy, but the turns will have made him a wee bit dizzy
and he will wander here and there. When he gets back to
his team, the next person repeats the whole process. The
first team to finish is, of course the winner. (It
is wise to have a few helpers standing about during this race to
help guide the participants and keep them from bumping each