Planning a Day at the Races
Kids love to race. They love to run, bike or even boat. Planning a day at the races is a great way to bring together a group of kids. Organizing any kind of race is a great way to spend some quality time with your children. You will all have a chance to let loose some of your natural creativity, let out excess energy, and find something to turn a regular day into a day to remember forever.
You can plan racing events for a special occasion or just a regular day. Since any type of race is competitive, you should try to find a way to celebrate everyone who participates, not just those who come in first. To do this you can find some small prize to give to everyone. The children can all work together to make prize ribbons. All you need for this are a few basic craft supplies: colorful construction paper, markers, glue, and kid's scissors. This will give the kids a chance to create something for their fellow racers. If you want to do something a little more formal you could get a different polished rock for every participant. Younger kids especially like these types of treasures.
You also need to figure out which type of races you would like to organize. Foot races are great since children of all ages love to run. You could organize a three-legged race if you have an even number of racers and some rope. An egg race is a classic race, which you can organize in a few different ways. If you have a stream nearby, you can fold paper boats and race them down the stream.
To begin, determine an appropriate spot to hold the race. The spot needs to have enough space for all the racers to run comfortably, and the course needs to be long enough. Start by drawing a starting line with some chalk. You can either use string or some type of paper ribbon to mark the finish line. Line the children up at the starting line, sound the start and cheer on the racers as loudly as you can.
If you want to organize an egg race you will need a spoon and egg for every participant. Have the children line up at the starting line and hold out their spoons, then place an egg on each spoon. The object of an egg race is to reach the finish line without dropping your egg as you run. You can also set up the egg race by designating a leader who leads the group around however they choose. The followers must hop on one foot while balancing their eggs, going wherever the leader decides to go. When a participant puts down their second foot or drops the egg they are out until the next round.
Organizing a race day is a great way to have an exciting day with your kids. You will all have fun putting together the racetrack, any decorations you want and all the prizes you will be giving away. Having a race is a great way to participate in some friendly competition in which everyone has fun and everyone is a winner.