Outdoor Fun Summer Games

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WACKY WAITER

May we serve you some (very) fast food?

What You Need:
  • large plastic dinner plate
  • Ping-Pong ball for each team
Instructions:
  1. Setup: You’ll need a starting line, a designated turnaround point, and two teams (with at least two players per team). Also, a large plastic dinner plate and a Ping-Pong ball for each team.
  2. To play: The first runner on each team places the Ping-Pong ball on top of the plastic dinner plate. Holding the plate waiter-style (one hand underneath the tray; younger racers can use two hands), the player carries it to the turnaround point and back to tag the next teammate, who does the same. If a player drops the ball, she picks it up, puts it back on the plate, and resumes. The first team to finish wins.

    SNEAKER SCRAMBLE

    What You Need:
    • a box or laundry basket for each team
    • play area safe for shoeless running
    Instructions:
    1. Setup: You’ll need a starting line, a designated turnaround point, and two teams (with at least two players per team). Also, a box or laundry basket for each team and a playing area safe for shoeless running.
    2. To play: The first player on each team runs to his team’s box, takes off his shoes, puts them in the box, and runs back to tag the next teammate, who does the same. When the entire team is shoeless, the players take turns running to the box, putting their own shoes back on, and running back. The first team to finish, with all footwear on, wins.

      GRAB BAG

      What You Need:
      • two brown paper bags
      • slips of paper
      • pencil
      Instructions:
      1. Setup: You’ll need a starting line, a designated turnaround point, and two teams (with at least two players per team). Also, two brown bags, slips of paper, and a pencil.

        On the slips, write instructions: “Hop to the tree and back,” “Run to the slide, go down, and run back,” “Do 25 jumping jacks.” Make two of each instruction (so that the teams will have identical sets). Put one in each bag. Each bag should have one slip per player.

      2. To play: The first player on each team pulls a slip from the bag, performs the action, and tags the next player, who does the same. The first team to finish all the actions wins.


      MATCHBOX INDY 500


      What You Need:
      • small toy car
      • party blower
      Instructions:
      1. Setup: You’ll need a starting line, a designated turnaround point, and two teams (with at least two players per team). Also, a flat surface, a small toy car for each team, and a party blower for each player.
      2. To play: Set each team’s car at the starting line. The first player on each team repeatedly blows into his party blower to push the car to a turnaround point and back. He then tags the next player, who does the same. The first team to finish wins.

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