How to Play the Sack race

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

What you'll need:
1 pillowcase per 2 children Bandana to mark a start and finish line Whistle or scarf to signal the start of the race

The "sack race" is a traditional summer race that never fails to please.

Setting up:
Allow the children to choose a partner. Provide each pair with a pillow case or piece of fabric sewn on three sides. Mark a starting line and a finish line and then line up all the pairs along the starting line.

What to do:
Explain to the children that their job is to get to the finish line first, keeping at least one of each pair's feet inside the pillow case. Encourage each team to figure out the best method for keeping the pillow case on while still being able to move quickly.

When everyone is ready, blow a whistle or signal with a scarf to begin the race. At the finish line, announce the winners. Ask the winners to demonstrate their method for running while sharing their pillow case. Allow the children to run another race while sharing the sack a different way.

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