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How to Play: Out of the Water

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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 t...
Throw your balls in the trash can but don't get tied up!

How to Play: Football Toss Contest

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What you need: You need a tire, a rope, four or more footballs, and a place to hang the tire (tree, jungle gym or monkey bars).
How to play: Hang the tire at a level that all players can p...
Throw the ball through the tire to win this game.

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 nu...
Make a straight line with your cooked spaghetti to the finish line.

How to Play: Roll-Ups on a Line

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What you need: You need a clothesline, clothespins, and Fruit Roll-Ups.
How to play: Before the game, hang a clothesline or find two volunteers to hold the cl...
Eat the fruit roll up, but without your hands!

How to Play: Rat Race

Crawl if you'd like some cereal. Credit: James Britton, Flickr What you need: You need eight to 12 long rectangular tables, blindfolds, and two boxes of Shredded Wheat cereal. How to play: To set up the race course, you need to la...The only time you can feed the animals under the table!

How to Play: Body Jump Relay

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What you need: You need six players per team and a grassy playing field.
How to play: Divide the players up into teams of six. In a grassy area, have the players on each ...
Your kids will have a ton of fun using each other as obstacles, but you may want to grab a helmet!

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 in...

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 start...
Can you run fast tied to two other people?

How to Play: Ping Pong Target Game

A ball on the bottle is easy to knock off! Credit: Getty Images What you need: For each team you will need a plastic soda, water, or juice bottle, ping pong ball, water, and water gun. How to play: Place all of the bot...

How to Play: Lemon Relay

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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 int...
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!

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