How to play Broken-Car Relay

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Outdoors
Skills: Physical, Thinking

What you'll need:
Safe space outdoors for kids to run around in.

Background:
The "broken car relay race" is a great icebreaker at children's parties. If you encourage sportsmanship among the children, even shy kids will have fun pretending to be a broken car.

Setting up:
Play this game outdoors where there is plenty of room for movement. Mark a starting line and a turn around line a fair distance apart and then divide the children into two teams. Explain that in the broken-car relay, each team will run in three continuous races. In each race they will pretend that they are a car with a problem. The object of each race is to figure out how the car can still run even with its problem. Each team member must run from the start line to the turnaround point and back, then tag the next team member and go to the end of the line. The team that finishes all three races first wins.

What to do:
Before you begin the first race, announce the car problem for each of the races. In the first race, the car has a flat tire; in the second race, the car is stuck in reverse; in the third race, the car horn is stuck.

At your signal, have the first child on each team start the race, perhaps hopping on one foot or limping or whatever the children decide to do. Have each child on both teams complete a leg and then begin the next round, pretending to be a car stuck in reverse (running backward through the course). For the third race, have each child make a noise like a horn that is stuck.

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