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How to Play: Out of the Water

Toss the garbage! Credit: Alexander Joe, AFP/Getty Images
What you need: You will need a long rope (about 30 feet), two pairs of swimming fins, 10 balls, and two trashcans.
How to play: Divide the children into...
Throw your balls in the trash can but don't get tied up!

How to Play: Lily Pad Relay

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What you need: You will need paper plates.
How to play: Divide the children up into teams of four or more. Each team will get two fewer plates than...
All you need are paper plates!

How to Play: Three Person Relay

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What you need: You need five bowling pins, four batons to pass, and a flat surface play area like a gym floor or paved lot.
How to play: Divide the children into four teams,...
For this game, you need five bowling pins, four batons to pass, and a flat surface play area like a gym floor or paved lot.

How to Play: Pasta Trail

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What you need: You need an outdoor area, cooked spaghetti, and containers.
How to play: Establish a starting line and a finish line in a large outdoor area. Divide the children into equally...
Make a straight line with your cooked spaghetti to the finish line.

How to Play: Three Stooges

Pass the obstacle course without seeing, hearing or talking! Credit: navets, Flickr What you need: You need scarves or rope, blindfolds, ipods, and an obstacle course. How to play: Set up an obstacle course by laying out ropes to...The first team to make it back to the starting line is the winning team.

How to Play: Spin Relay

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What you need: You need a baseball bat for each team.
How to play: Establish a starting line and set a baseball bat for each team about 20-30 feet from the starting line. Divide the children...

How to Play: Three-Legged Race

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What you need: You need scarves or rope.
How to play: Divide children into pairs. Take a scarf or rope and tie together the inside ankles of each pair as they stand hip to hip. Establish a...
Can you run fast tied to two other people?

How to Play: Lemon Relay

Fresh-squeezed fun! Credit: Corbis
What you need: You need a lemon and a pencil for each team. You will also need to set up some sort of rolling course on a long table for each team.
How to play: Divide the children...
Push your lemon to the end of the table and back.

How to Play: Potato Picker

Get the potato and run! Credit: Getty Images What you need: You need raw potatoes, chairs, and buckets. How to play: Divide the children into equally numbered teams. Each team will need a chair placed in front of...This is a hot potato relay!

How to Play: Rolling Pin Race

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What you need: You need ground markers or ropes to mark the starting and finish lines.
How to play: Establish a starting line and a finish line. Pair...
You and a partner will make one big rolling pin!

How to Play: Lily Pad Race

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...
Don't step on the ground or you will have to start over.

How to Play: Messy Kiss

Retrieve that kiss! Credit: Jean-Blaise Hall, Getty Images What you need: You will need chocolate kisses, plastic bowls, applesauce or pudding, and old shirts or trash bags to use as bibs. This game should be played outdoors or in a...Play this game with your kids and you won't have to cook dinner!

How to Play: Whistling Dixie

Put on the gloves and grab the crackers! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need a pair of garden gloves and a box of saltines for each team.
How to play: Divide the children into...
For this game, you need a pair of garden gloves and a box of saltines for each team.

How to Play: Marble Noodles

Grab them with your toes! Credit: Corbis What you need: You will need vegetable oil, egg noodles, marbles, bowls or some other type of large container, and plastic tarps (only if you are...Grab the slippery marbles with your toes.

How to Play: Shoulder Grip

Pop those balloons and you're out! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: You need balloons.
How to play: Divide the children into two teams. On each team, you need a player to be the "middle man." They will stand across the room or...
All you need for this game are balloons!

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