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9 Family-Friendly Activities

Ice Cube Relay Race

This version of the Egg Relay uses ice cubes instead of eggs. The object of the classic game is to see who can carry an ice cube on a spoon to the finish line the fastest without letting it drop.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Spoon for each player
  • Open area

What You Do:

  1. Have players spread out and line up side by side.
  2. Hand each player a spoon and an ice cube.
  3. Have them race with the ice cube on the spoon. If a lot of people are playing, then form a relay and have the first person run part of the distance then have the second person take the spoon from him and so on, until everyone has had a turn running with the spoon.
  4. If the person drops the ice cube, then he can pick it up, put it back onto the spoon and continue.
  5. The person who reaches the finish line the fastest with the ice cube on the spoon wins.

Balloon Relay Race

The object of this game is to see which team can pass a balloon, between their knees the fastest without letting the balloon drop. Alternatively, players can hold balloons under their chins and try to pass them from chin to chin.

What You Need:

  • Small balloons
  • Open area

What You Do:

  1. Form at least two teams with the same amount of players. Each team’s players line up in single file.
  2. The person at the front of each line puts a balloon between his knees and turns around and passes the balloon to the player behind him.
  3. The second person takes the balloon between his knees, turns around and passes it to the third person, and so on. Players cannot use their hands and the balloon may never touch the ground, otherwise that team must start over. If you don’t have white balloons, large Styrofoam balls can be substituted.
  4. The winning team is the first to pass the balloon to the very last person in the line. If it is a short line, have everyone do two or three rounds.

Ice Cube Toss

The object of the game is to see which team can catch the ice cube in a cup while standing the farthest distance apart from each other.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic cups
  • Open area
  • Teams of two

What You Do:

  1. Players pair off in two rows and face each other, standing just three feet away from each other.
  2. To begin, players in one row (A) toss the ice cube from their cups and try to get them to land inside the other rows’ cups (B). If they succeed, then they take one step backward while the teammate who caught the ice cube stays where he is.
  3. Then each player in the second row (B) slings the ice cube from the cup, aiming for the other player’s cup (A). If the ice cube is caught, then the player from the second row (B) takes a step backwards.
  4. Play continues with each side taking turns slinging and catching the ice cube. Eventually, the players move further and further apart and the ice cube begins to melt, so catching it gets trickier. If the ice cube falls, the players have to start over from the beginning.
  5. The duo that catches the ice cube while standing the farthest distance apart wins.

The classic way to play this game is an easier alternative for younger children. Simply use water balloons instead of ice cubes and have children catch the balloons with their bare hands.

Updated on Jul 22, 2013
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