There’s nothing like a good foot race to get the blood pumping, but don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit. Variety is the spice of life!
Not all races are about stop watches and starting boxes.
If your kids grow tired of plodding to the finish line, one foot in front of the other, try a couple of these variations:
- SQUATTING RACE:
Bend your knees, sit on your heels, and waddle like a duck. Tucking your hands under your arms with your elbows out will help you keep your balance.
- WALKING RACE:
Keep your legs straight and walk on your heels. The rule to remember? One foot must remain flat on the ground at all times.
- SKIPPING RACE:
Hop, skip, or jump to the finish line — or do all three in turn. Be sure to demonstrate the desired step!
- BACKWARD RACE:
Run backwards, but watch where you’re going! Short, quick steps are the secret for winning this one.
- CRAWLING RACE:
Race on your hands and knees, like a baby. Best to be indoors on the carpet for this one. An added bonus: that cross-pattern crawling is good brain training for beginning readers.
- SACK RACE:
Put your feet in the bag and hop to the finish line. A pillowcase will work just as well as a potato sack, and are more readily available these days!
Of course, if you have enough runners, you can double the fun by dividing into teams and racing with a partner. Even Mom and Dad can get in on the action!
There are many fun ways to do this. Try one of the following ideas, and see how well you do:
- THREE-LEGGED RACE:
Have partners stand next to one another, then use a bandana or a piece of rope to tie their inside legs together at the knee. Once all the teams are joined, line up and race to the finish line.
- WHEELBARROW RACE:
Line up, facing the same direction. The person in front does a handstand while his partner supports his legs by holding them under his arms in the crooks of his elbows. To race, the “wheelbarrow” walks on his hands while his teammate steers.
- OVER/UNDER RACE:
Partners take turns squatting while the other jumps over, leapfrogging their way to the finish line. Alternatively, they can take turns standing with legs apart while the other crawls through. Or you can combine the two and do both!
- DON’T DROP THE BALL RACE:
Partners must pin a ball between their heads or shoulders or hips, then hurry to the finish line without dropping the ball or touching it with their hands.
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