Family Time Calendar: Get Moving - iVillage

Quick -- act like a piece of popcorn in a hot kettle! All that jumping around gets the heart pounding. To celebrate National Popcorn Poppin' Month, here are some activities that will leave you hopping or popping.

  • The quintessential hopping game is a potato sack race. Burlap potato sacks may not be easy to find in your neighborhood store, but you can substitute with canvas laundry bags or even double-thick lawn refuse bags. A quick refresher: Participants must race to the finish line while hopping inside the sack. If they fall, they can get back up and keep going!
  • Try a hopping relay. Gather an equal number of twigs (or rulers or even chopsticks!) and line them up about a foot apart in two parallel rows. Form two teams. At the starting mark, one player for each team hops on one foot over each twig to the end of the row. The next player must wait until the first player crosses the last twig before starting. The first team to get all its players over the last twig wins.
  • Similarly, have a popping relay. Instead of hopping over twigs, each player must run to a designated line, blow up a paper lunch bag, pop it, then run back and touch the next team player. First team to complete the relay wins.
  • No contest here! Lay out a few sheets of bubble packing wrap -- the kind with the large bubbles -- and let kids hop all over it to create an explosive din!
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