1. Divide the children into teams with five or six players on each.
2. Have the players line up single file behind a line and run one at a time to a designated point and back. The first player tags the second player, who then runs the distance.
3. The first team to have all players run is the winner.
- Ball Relays- Have the children pass a ball over their heads and
under their legs. The last person runs to the front of the line and
continues passing over and under. When the first person is in his or her original position, their team wins the game. Relays where children must dribble a ball, kick a ball, or throw a ball into a target can also be played.
- Animal Relays - Let the children walk like crabs (on backs with
hands and feet), bears (on all fours), birds (flapping arms), monkeys (scratching sides), or elephants (swinging arms like a trunk.)
- Quick Change - Prepare bags with a shirt, pants, and hat for each
team. The first player puts the clothes on, runs to a designated point, takes the clothes off, then runs and gives the clothes to the second person.
- Pig Relays - Move the ball with your nose.
- Movements- Have children hop, jump, skip, gallop, walk backwards,
or do other movements.
- Toesie Relay - Have the children take their shoes off, pick up a peanut
with their toes, carry it to a basket, and drop it in.
- Potato Relay - Ask the children to carry a potato in a large spoon
without dropping it.
- Balloon Relay- Have children run with a balloon to a chair, then sit on the balloon and pop it.
Materials: ball, whistle
1. Children stand in a circle and pass around the ball (hot potato).
2. When you blow the whistle, the child holding the ball must leave the circle.
3. The game is played until there is just one child left standing.
* This game can be adapted easily to play inside. Have the children sit in a circle and pass a beanbag while you play music. When the music stops, the one holding the beanbag is out of the game.
1. Children line up with their backs to a wall.
2. One person is "mother" and stands about 30 feet in front of the others.
3. One at a time "mother" names a child and tells them a different motion they must perform. For example, baby steps, scissor steps, twirls, giant steps, or frog leaps. The child must remember to ask, "Mother, may I?" before performing the movement or he or she is sent back to the starting line.
4. The first one to reach "mother" becomes the next "mother."