Jelly Bean Relay

Required: Spoons, two dishes for each team and jelly beans
Players: Small to large groups

Each team has equal amount of jelly beans in one dish and one empty dish. You’ll need enough spoons for everyone that is playing. The object is for each team to have one person at a time, move jelly beans from one bowl to the other. This is done with hands behind their back, spoon in their mouth and one bean at a time.

The first team to have all members complete this task is the winner. You can use items like lemon drops (my favorite), heart candies or anything other than jelly beans.

Jingle Bell Relay (Game of the Month 12/07)

Required:Bells and various props
Players: Small to medium groups

You will need about 6-8 1″ round bells per team along with various props at each station. Set up an obstacle course for the players. The course could be decorated for the holiday season. They might have to jump over holiday garland, step through a holiday ornament mine field (plastic ornaments), kiss a picture of Santa (or some other holiday figure) hanging under mistletoe, stack holiday cups and plates on a table and then put them back in place for the next person, carry a stack of wrapped packages from one point to another and back, wrap a package, at one station they might sing “I wish you a Merry Christmas” three times, and eat a Christmas cookie. Get creative and come up with other ideas of your own. Then divide into two teams and give each team 6-8 bells. Each person on the team will have to go through the course carrying all the bells (in their hands, not their pockets or mouths). If they drop a bell they have to go back to get it. The bells can be set down at a station if needed to complete the task. The first team to finish wins.

Knot Race

Required:Ropes or sheets
Players: Small to large groups

Set up two teams with a rope for each team. Tie as many knots as there are player in each team. On go, the first person in the team is to untie a knot, then hand the rope to the next person and repeat. The first team to untie all their knots is the winner. Variations: Have the teams send the rope down the line with them tying the knots and then back up the line untying them. You could even have them use only one hand to untie the knots which means they would have to use their teeth. Please use a clean rope or sheet for this variation.

Leaning Tower of Cheeza

Required:Tables, crackers, cans of spray cheese, and plates
Players: Small to large groups

Set up teams of 6 – 10 players and each team will need one table, one can of cheese, 1 or 2 packages of crackers and one plate. The tables will be placed on the other side of the room. The teams will line up and the first player on each team will go to the table, squirt cheese on the plate, add one cracker, run back. The rest of the players on each team will do the same. You can do this as a timed game where the players have 3 minutes to build their tower or the first rotation is done. The team that has the tallest tower and most crackers in their tower is the winner. For another game with these items see Stuck On You – Relay Games section.

Created by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.

Lemon Relay

Required:Lemons, pencils, and rolling course
Players: Small to large groups

Divide into two groups or more depending on participants and supplies. At starting line, teams are to roll lemon using a pencil through a short course and back to starting point. Each person on team must complete task until the first team complete is the winner.

Lily Pad Game of the Month 3/03

Required:Paper plates
Players: Small to large groups

Divide the group into teams of 4 or more. They will have 2 fewer plates than the number of teammates. The object of this game is to get all team members across a space (pond) by stepping on the plates (lily pads) only. The number of people on the team will determine length of space. Since they are using 9″ plates, a bit of leniency should be practiced as far as stepping only on the plates. At least half of the players’ foot must be on the plate. Each team must come up with a strategy for passing the plates back and forth in order to get all teammates across the span. The first team to get all members across wins. After the teams try this, and think they have it figured out, have them try again with these variations:
-No shouting out instructions; in fact, NO words at all. They can use stomps, grunts, snaps or whatever else they can come up with, but no talking.
-Every 30-45 seconds, (moderator controlled), one plate is taken from the team, (moderator’s choice). Whoever is on that plate must go back to the beginning, and the team has to come up with a strategy to get that person back with the team.

Submitted by Merrily, Mary Nolte

M & M Toss

Required: Bags of M & M candies, plastic spoons and cups
Players: Small to large groups

You can play this game with two players per team or a whole team in a rotation. For two players per team divide up into teams and have the players stand about six feet apart. The players should be standing face to face with one player as the shooter and the other player as the receiver. If you have a large group, have them stand in a line to monitor the six-foot separation point. All the shooters will be given one cup of M & M candies and a plastic spoon. When signaled the shooter will try to shoot one M & M from the plastic spoon into the mouth of the other player from the six-foot distance point. They must shoot the M & M past the marking point in the air to be caught. The receiver cannot step ahead of the marking point to catch an M & M. Once a receiver catches the M & M the cup will be given to them and then shooter will now be the receiver. The first team done is the winner. For a larger teams simply rotate a new shooter in and rotate the first shooter to be the receiver. The first team to finish the rotation wins.

Marble Noodles

Required: Vegetable oil, noodles, marbles, bowls or large container and plastic tarps
Players: Small to medium groups

You can play this game inside if you lay down plastic tarps and provide wipes to clean the players feet once they have completed their task. If you play this game outside you won’t need the plastic tarps. Pre-cook the curly type of noodles and pour into bowls, add ¼ cup of oil, marbles and mix well. Divide players into teams and each team player one at a time will go down to the container and pull out 3-5 marbles with their toes. Then the next player on the team will do the same. The first team to complete the task is the winner. You’ll need a leader to add back the marbles within the noodles once the designated number has been pulled from each turn.

Submitted by Susan Ford

Mellows On A Line

Required: Large marshmallows, goggles, line and skewer
Players: Small to large groups

String an even number large marshmallows on fishing line or clean string by poking a hole through the marshmallows with skewer. Space them about 6″ apart on the line with one marshmallow for each player. If marshmallows are too soft you might have to set them on a cookie sheet and place them in a freezer for a while before poking a hole through them. Make sure they are fully defrosted before playing the game. Secure the line by tying it to trees or have players holding it. Set up 2 teams and each player one at a time will put on a set of goggles, eat one of the marshmallows and then tag the next player to do the same. The first team done is the winner.

Created by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.

Mirror Throw

Required: Hand mirrors, hula-hoops, FlingSocks, Water Splash Bombs or small balls
Players: Small to medium groups

Divide into teams of 3 to 5 players. Each team will be given one hand mirror and a set of 3 chosen objects to throw. Each team will have the same type of items to throw. One team member will start out holding the hula-hoop about 10 feet away for his teammate. The first teammate must turn his back toward the hula-hoop and use the hand mirror to view the location of the hula-hoop and throw his soft items through one at a time. Once that player has attempted the tosses, he will rotate to holding the hula-hoop and the next player in line will do that same. The hula-hoop holder will go to the back of the line. Once all players have attempted the toss. The team that gets the most items through the hoop wins.

Submitted by Merrily, Mary Nolte


Required:Two noodle floats (the long floatation devices)
Players: 8 players

The first player places the noodle between their knees, goes around an obstacle course as they hop. After they get back to the starting line they pick up another team member. They will both now hold the noodle between their knees while the first continues to hop and the second runs. They go back to the starting line and pick up the 3rd team member who must skip while the others continue to do their actions, all while the noodle remains between the knees. Finally pick up the last team member who grabs the noodle (while facing the opposite way as the rest of the team) and they do one of the three prior actions (Leader to choose).

Submitted by S.T.A.T.I.K. Kids Church

Oatmeal Raisin Relay (Game of the Month 4/09)

Required:Old clothes or swimsuits, two large pans of cooked oatmeal and raisins
Players: Small to large groups

Cook up two large pans of oatmeal and cool. Divide off half of oatmeal into a bowl and mix in raisins to the oatmeal in the pan, then add separated part to cover raisins. Have pans lined up at end of course for each team. Teams are to run down course one at a time, retrieve one raisin, run back to deposit raisin in container and the next teammate does the same. The first team the complete task is the winner. Try this game again after you add raisins back. Play outdoors on a warm day so at the end they can have an oatmeal fight. Oatmeal is supposed to be good for the skin.

Orange Eating Race

Players:Small to large groups

Divide into groups depending on participants and supplies. The object is for each person to help peel the orange and eat it. Start out with everyone washing their hands and the oranges. The first person from each team is to peal one piece of skin then hand to the next person in line to peal one more piece of skin. Once the orange is peeled teams are to take one section of orange pass the rest to next player and eat his section. First team done peeling and eating their orange is the winner!!! (very appealing) Caution – don’t choke on the seeds.

Orange Relay

Players:Small to large groups

Divide into groups depending on participants and supplies. The object is to pass the orange from one teammate to the next from under the chin without using your hands. If groups are small, make them go around twice.

Out of the Water (Game of the Month 7/03)

Required:Long rope (about 30ft), two sets of swimming fins, hula hoops or balls for task to complete
Players:Small to medium groups

Set up 2 teams with 3 to 6 players per team. The first 2 players will each be tied around the waist with opposite ends of the same rope. They will be required to complete a task while wearing swimming fins and while the other person is trying to do the same at the opposite end. Allow enough rope so that it will be short and the competitors will have to pull against each other to reach the task. The task could be trying to shoot balls into a trash can or loop hula hoops around a cone or trash can. You should mark off for each player the position that they have to be in to receive a hoop or ball, and a player on their team can toss the object to them so they can attempt to complete the task. Give the players 5-7 objects and the first player to accomplish that task will receive a point for their team. The next two players now do the same. The team with the most points is the winner.

Submitted by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.

Remember – The object is for everyone to have fun. The moderator is the all-powerful dictator. You may at any time change the rules or boundaries or handicap players to help balance out the wide spectrum of abilities. We want the tentative athlete and the superjock to play together at the best of their abilities.

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