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8 Fun Relay Races for Kids

Games ought to occupy the primary position in the to-do list of your party, especially if there are a lot of kids coming. And if they are robust relay racers, then be prepared to relive your lost childhood as they indulge themselves in glee. Here are some ideas to make these races more exciting.

Relay Races for Kids

Relay Game Ideas for Kids of All Ages

1) Filling up the Water Bucket: An Outdoor Relay Game

Things Needed

  • 2 Buckets: One filled up with water and the other empty
  • 2 Plastic cups
  • Stopwatch
  • Chairs and tables


  1. Make two teams and hand each a bucket full of water and a cup.
  2. Let them stand at a particular point and place the empty buckets at some distance from them.
  3. Put the chairs and tables in between to serve as obstacles.
  4. As you blow a whistle, one member from each team should race to the empty buckets, carrying cups of water, pour them into the buckets and run back.
  5. The following members should do the same once they get the cups.
  6. The team whose bucket contains more water, after a given time, is the winner.

Outdoor Relay Games Kids

2) Carry the Balloon Race: A Preschool Relay Game

Things Needed

  • Inflated balloons (with a few spare ones in case some pops)


  1. Make two teams of equal members.
  2. Pair them according to their height.
  3. Mark a starting point and a finishing point and let a pair from each stand near it with a balloon firmly held between their heads.
  4. As you blow a whistle, both pairs should start running towards the finishing point.
  5. They should take care of not letting the balloons fall, for in case this happens, that pair has to restart.
  6. Once the first set of players finishes, the next ones have to run.
  7. This must go on till all the pairs have reached the finishing point.
  8. The team completing the race first is the winner.

Balloon Relay Race

3) Balancing an Egg: A Relay Race for Teens

Things Needed

  • 4 or 5 Eggs
  • 2 Spoons


  1. Divide the players into two teams and let the first team member of each team stand near the starting point.
  2. Each should put an egg in a spoon and grasp the spoon handle firmly in his mouth.
  3. With your blowing a whistle, they should run till the end point, turn and run back to the second team members to dispatch the spoon.
  4. These members should now repeat what their companions have done.
  5. This should continue till all members have run with the spoon.
  6. The team that completes the race first is victorious.

Relay Games Kids

4) Dress up Relay Race: An Indoor Game

Things Needed

  • At least ten old and big clothing items like scarves, pants, coats, etc
  • Stopwatch


  1. Make two teams of five members each.
  2. Put five clothing items for each team at the end point.
  3. As you say “start,” one member of each team should run to the finishing point, put on dresses and run back.
  4. The next members should repeat the same procedure, till all the dresses have been worn.
  5. The team that completes first is the winner.

Indoor Relay Games for Kids

5) Toilet Paper Relay Race: A Summer Camp Game

Things Needed

  • Toilet rolls
  • Stopwatch


  1. There should be two teams of ten kids each.
  2. Let them line up at the starting point.
  3. Give toilet rolls to the first members of each team.
  4. As you say “start” they have to pass the ends of the rolls under their legs to the next players.
  5. These participants have to pass the ends over their shoulders to the next ones.
  6. This should continue till the last kids reach the toilet roll ends.
  7. The team to finish first dons the winning cap.

Toilet Paper Relay Race

6) Sack Race: A Classic Relay Game

Things needed

  • 12 sacks
  • Stopwatch


  1. Divide children into four teams
  2. Let the first members of each team stand near the starting point.
  3. Each should be provided a sack.
  4. With your blowing a whistle, they should put on the sacks and run to the end point.
  5. The next players should run in the same manner.
  6. After three rounds, the team that completes first is the winner.

Fun Relay Games for Kids

7) Baton Relay Race: Another Camp Relay Game

Things Needed

  • 5 Batons
  • Stopwatch


  1. Make four teams with three players each.
  2. Let them stand at the starting point.
  3. Give batons to the first participants.
  4. As you say “go” they should run to the end point, turn and come back to hand the baton to the next one.
  5. The next players should run in the same way, till the last members have had their chance.
  6. The winning team is the one that completes first.

Kids Relay Race Games

8) Make Me a Tree: A Christmas Relay Race

Things needed

  • Christmas decorations like funny hats, wreaths, balloons, etc


  1. Divide children into pairs such that there are six pairs.
  2. Begin with two pairs.
  3. Let one member of each team stand at the starting point while the other should stand at the end.
  4. The moment you say, “go” they should run to their partners and decorate them like a tree, using the things provided.
  5. The pair that takes the minimum time to complete is the winner.

Fun Relay Races for Kids

Children normally adore games that involve cutthroat competition. Their mammoth energy levels receive a fitting release through these. So, enliven your party by organizing any of these games, and include variations if you so desire.

Published on May 10th 2017 by under For Kids.
Article was last reviewed on 10th May 2017.

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