How to Play: Lily Pad Race

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Step on the pad to get to the winning line. Credit: Corbis

What you need: You will need green construction paper.

How to play: Using the green construction paper, cut out two five-inch lily pads for each team. Divide the kids up into equally numbered teams, and give each team two lily pads. Establish a point 20-30 feet from the starting line players must run to, such as a tree, a wall, or a building.

The rules: At the starting signal, the first player on each team will place the lily pad on the ground in front of her to step on. Once she steps on the second lily pad, she must pick up the first one while standing on one foot. She then will place the first one in front of her to step on. The object is to go to the established point and back to the starting line stepping only on the lily pads and not on the ground. When she returns to the starting line, she will hand the lily pads over to the next player who will then go. Play will continue until all players have gone. If a player steps on the ground, she must go back to the starting line and start over.

How to win: The first team to complete the race is the winning team.

What else you need to know: You can adapt this game for special occasions. Use hearts for Valentine's Day, four leaf clovers for St. Patrick's Day, trees for Christmas, turkeys for Thanksgiving, and bunnies for Easter.

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