Game ideas for relay games
Relay games are also racy games. These game ideas for relay races can be easily played in a sports hall or on the grass. Creating some vinyl banners to let everyone know where the start and finish areas are would be a great idea. Some games also require water.
Relay games can be played in their classic version on a racetrack with a piece of wood. At children's birthday parties they can also be altered, depending on the weather. For example, when played inside, instead of a baton kids can transport a duvet. If you play in an apartment, the different rooms represent various stages of the race. Each team has to circumvent the room with the duvet. Winter blankets or emergency blankets, just as those used by the Red Cross have proved themselves suitable in the past. (See also under games with blankets). If the weather is great, of course, those games can be played outside just as well. Particularly for children, those relay games are particularly interesting and entertaining. The objective is that a wooden baton is carried from the starting- to the finishing line and then passed on to the next player. The team who is first through all players wins. The idea is that you not only have to be fast but to develop a workable tactic within the team as well. For girls, it is recommended to tie or up do their hair so that nobody gets caught in it and it still looks great after the game is finished
What is the attraction of Relay Games?
Relay games are more than what we commonly know from sport and athletics. Relay game is a preamble for all games with different stations, which have to be completed in succession. The great thing about those relay games is that most children and young people can participate, regardless of the individual’s constitution. Provided the group is well mixed and put together carefully, even the younger or weaker kids won’t fall short.
Season games are very suitable for children's parties, parties, camps, etc., in other words, for all festivities, where there are many children at different ages participating. With a little imagination, you can modify existing relay games to existing requirements or the wishes of the participants.
Only few accessories are required for relay games. However, you need to take into consideration, that you might need several of those items at the same time. Therefore, it is crucial, to consider wisely which items you are going to use.
- Crab race
Flit across the grass like a crab.
- Roman Wagon Races
5 players make a horse and rider and try not to fall apart during the race
- A Different Kind of Leapfrog
Water leap frog - over the top and through the legs.
- Tunnel relay
The team stands behind each other with the legs apart. The last in the row crawls through the legs to the front and stands at the front of the line
- Bridge relay
The team stands next to each other and supports themselves with hands and feet making a tunnel. The last in the line crawls through the tunnel and stands at the front.
- Duck race
Complete a duck race with the legs spread and the hands supporting you on the ground.
- Leap frog
The team members bend over standing approx. 1 meter apart. The last player leap frogs all of the players and joins the front.
- Bull race
2 kids hold out their hands and each hold onto the other player’s stretched out leg with their other hand.
- Massive rolls
2 kids grab each others ankles and try to perform some forward rolls
- Couples crab race
2 kids with their arms hooked start running on all fours.
- Centipede race
The team makes a line in the press-up position. The feet of the person in front are placed on the shoulders of the person behind. The race can begin.
- Spit race
The legs are spread and the players grab their own ankles. The race will take place in this position.
- Transport belt
A player lying on top of another player is moved along the line when the underneath players rotate.
- Kangaroo jump
Everyone jumps around like a kangaroo.
- Seal Racing
Players lie on their stomachs and move like a seal towards the goal
- Rollover the Group
The last person rolls over the others and lies at the end of the line.
- Push the Ball or Egg
Use only the head or nose to push a tennis ball over a long distance in the sand.
- Newspaper or crate relay
Every runner receives two sheets of newspaper and must complete a distance standing on them.
- The Blanket Race
At the signal, the group holds up the blanket and races with player sitting on the blanket to the goal.
- Sponge relay
A water tank is filled with water from another source using a sponge.
- Balloon handicap
A balloon is clamped between the legs. A relay race is performed like this.
- Two Man Balloon Run
A two man team (or the whole group) must run through an obstacle course using only their stomachs or head to hold the balloon between them.
- Inner Tube Relay
The tire tube is rolled back and forth over a distance of about 30-50 meters in relay fashion.
- Clothespin Relay or Fashionably Styled Hair
Fetch 50-100 clothes pegs and put them in your hair.
- Potato duck race
A duck run with a handicap
- Passing the beaker
A filled beaker of water is passed along with the teeth.
- Stilt relay
A relay race is performed on stilts.
- Dry ski race
3 or more players must complete a course on 2 long skis with several foot loops.
- Wash bowl relay
A relay race is performed sitting in a wash bowl.
A tennis ball must be guided through an obstacle course with a hockey stick.
- Filled and Refilled
A bottle must be filled and refilled x number of times in a rely race.
- Egg and spoon race
Each player carries a spoon in their hand with an egg placed on it.
- Ball relay race
The first starts off with a ball and places it in a basket. Then the next runner can start. He fetches the ball from the basket and hands it to the third player.
- Pulling blankets
A player is pulled around the room on a blanket.
- Blanket race
A relay race with blankets as a race surface.
- Caterpillar 1
A relay race using two blankets under the hands and feet.
- Caterpillar 2
A relay race using a blanket to slide along.
- Beer mat and clothes peg relay
Objects are passed from person to person using clothes pegs.
- Chair Race
Players race to the finish holding the chair as if they were sitting on it.
- Toilet Paper Snake
A completely unrolled toilet paper is carried through a forest area.
- Earth transport
Earth must be transported with a spoon in the mouth.
- Operation Baywatch
Several swimmers must be saved.
The first person holds a ball under his chin and pass it to the next player without using his hands.
- Newspaper Boy
Large single sheets of newspaper are hung over head or arms. The player must run to the goal.
- Vaseline race
A cotton wall ball must be passed on from child to child with the nose.
- Relay Race: Pass the Baton
Pass the baton - but with variations
- Relay Race: Difficult Transport
Both players must use their poles to transport a tray.
- Pass on a bucket
Pass on a bucket with a stick
- Water in the straw
Water is transported with the help of a long pipe.
- Newspaper Press
Both (or more persons) must keep a newspaper page between them and run to the goal.
A relay race with bobby cars - not just for little kids.
- Island post
Different objects are moved (thrown) from island to island.
- Skateboard race
Complete a race sitting on a skateboard.
- Fill the Pool
A small plastic pool must be filled with water.
- Balloon Relay with Hand Towels
Two players run holding a towel on which a balloon is placed.
- Balloon seat
A balloon is burst by sitting on it.
- Newspaper Tarp
A tarp made from 9 sheets of newspapers is used to transport balloons.
- Rope Pull Relay
A rope is strung or held above a stream or across a pool. The first player sits on an air mattress and must pull himself to the other side.
- Pressing the stamp
Print a stamp on each body part with A, H, B and N
- Diving Relay
A relay race is completed with a diving suit, flippers, diving mask and snorkel.
- Beer table relay
A relay race using beer tables as the underlay for the whole group.
- Toothpick rally
Each player uses a toothpick held between his lips to spear candies.
- Pick ‘em Up
Using clothespins and pick up objects.
- Spoon balloon transport
Pass on a balloon with a spoon or fork.
- Wellington boot race with handicaps
The Wellington boots are pulled on and filled to the top with water. The player runs, with his boots full of water, to a bucket and empties the contents of his boots into it.
- Wheelbarrow relay
2 players make a wheelbarrow and must fetch an apple out of a tub.
- Waiter Race
A tray or a board must be carried across an obstacle course.
- Frisbee barrow
The person lying on the bench has a Frisbee balanced on their stomach. There is a beaker full of water (or a wide plastic cup) balanced on the Frisbee.
- Dive the beaker in and empty it
Fill and empty a beaker of water holding it between the teeth.
- Ice Cube Race
A ice cube must be taken along as the players make a relay race or obstacle course.
- Obelix race
A funny relay race with obstacles in Obelix costumes with a grind stone.
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