Outside Kids Games – Racing Games for Picnics
In these games, participants are divided into a number of equal teams. Each team is lined up in single file behind a baseline. A distance line parallel to the baseline and about ten yards from it is indicated on the field.
Egg and Spoon Race
A basket of eggs, apples, potatoes or stones is placed in front of each
team and a spoon is given to the first member of each team. Empty baskets are placed on the distance line opposite the position of each team.
At the signal to go the first player on each team, keeping the left hand behind the back takes one egg from the basket by means of the spoon and carries it on the spoon to the basket from the distance line. Returning to the baseline the spoon is handed to the second member of the team who repeats the performance of the first.
The game continues until the last player on each team, after carrying the egg forward, returns across the baseline. The team
first succeeding wins. Shoulda player drop an egg, he must gather up as much of the egg as possible
and carry it to the far basket and there deposit it before returning with the spoon to the next
member of his team.
Pea Shelling Race
A basket containing peas and an empty dish are placed on the distance
line opposite each team. There should be at least six peas contained in each basket for every player
on the team. At the signal to go the first player on each team runs forward, shells his peas into the
dish and lays the six empty pods in a straight line behind the dish. Accomplishing this, he returns and
tags off the next player on the team who repeats the performance of the first. The team first
succeeding in shelling all of the peas and having each player’s pods lined up in a straight line, wins.
Rope Skipping Relay
A piece of rope is necessary for each team. At the signal to go, the
first member of each team skips rope forward to the distance line. From the distance line he runs back
and hands the rope to the next one on the team, who repeats the performance of the first. Each
player must skip the rope at least six times in each direction. The last member of the team, after
skipping the rope forward to the distance line, returns across the baseline, ending the event.
A cane or stick is given to the first player on each team. Upon the
signal to go the places the end of the stick upon the ground, holding the stick in a vertical position,
and places the center of his forehead on the upper end of the stick. In this position, he circles around the
stick three times and then runs forward to the distance line and returns, handing the stick to the
next player on his team behind the baseline. The second player places his forehead upon the stick and
repeats the performance of the first, as does every other player on the team. The last man ends
the race by crossing the baseline.
The players on each team sit upon the ground in single file, with the head
of each team behind the baseline. The knees are bent so that the feet are near the hips. Each
player reaches back with his two hands and grasps the ankles of the player next behind him. At the
signal to go, the entire column moves forward, endeavoring to keep from breaking the column by anyone
losing his grip on the ankles of the next member of the team, behind. The caterpillar
creeps forward across the distance line and returns. When the rear end of the column crosses the baseline, the race is completed,
provided the column is unbroken.
Two peach baskets and two potatoes, stones or blocks of wood for each contestant are needed for each team. One basket is placed before each team on the baseline and one directly opposite on the distance line. The potatoes are placed in the basket on the baseline. The first player takes a position on the right-hand side of the basket behind the baseline, with a potato in his hand. At the signal to start, he runs around the basket on the distance line, dropping his potato there in.
He returns, running around the basket on the baseline, picks up the second potato, which he carries and drops into the far basket, as he circles it. He then returns and tags off the next player on the team, who, after being tagged, picks up the first potato and carries it to the far basket, returning for his second. Each player, in turn, carries two potatoes, one at a time.
Both baskets must be circled in carrying the potatoes forward. The player is not allowed to touch the basket in running around it. If
his potato fails to go into the basket, he must pick it up and put it in before he goes for his second potato or touches off the next runner. The last player on each team ends the race by crossing the baseline after having properly deposited his two potatoes in the far basket.
A chair is placed on the distance line opposite each team, with the back of the hair towards the team. Boxes may be used instead of chairs in this race. At the signal to go the first player on each team runs forward, sits in the chair, lifting both feet clear of the ground,
then running around the chair, returns and tags off the next player, who does the same. Where folding chairs are available, the chair can be folded and left upon the ground on the distance line. Then each contestant is required to open the chair, sit upon it, then fold it, lay it upon the ground and return to tag off the next player.
One crook-neck summer squash, a short stick, a piece of twine and a strawberry basket are needed for each team in this race. The strawberry basket, containing the squash with its neck projecting over the edge, is placed on the distance line. A slip noose is made in
one end of the twine. The other end is tied to the end of the stick. This fish pole arrangement of twine and stick is handed
to the first man on each team. At the signal to go he runs forward to the distance line and proceeds to fish for the squash in the basket by slipping the noose of string over its neck. He is not allowed to touch the string or squash with his hand in his effort to do this.
He must use his stick as a fish pole.
When he has succeeded in capturing the squash, he picks up the basket and carries the squash swinging from the end of his fish pole to the next player on his team. The second player, upon receiving the squash, the fish pole, and the basket runs forward, slipping the noose off the squash. He places the squash in the basket on the distance line and proceeds to fish for it as did the preceding player. Each player does this in turn.
The first two players on each team stand back to back behind the baseline, with the first player facing the distance line. The two lock arms behind them. At the signal to go the first player bends forward, lifting the second player so that his feet are clear of the ground and
carries him forward on his back in this position. When he has crossed the distance line, he lowers the player upon his back, without
changing their relative position and that player, upon getting his feet upon the ground, bends forward, lifting the first player upon his back, and runs back with him in this position across the baseline When the first couple has crossed the base line, the second couple on each
team proceeds with the race (copying the first.)
The players of each team lock their arms around the waist of the player next in front of them and race in this compact position across the distance line, turning around without breaking their formation, and end the race when the last man on the team crosses the base line.
Piace a lighted candle behind a tall screen covered with white linen. The hostess should sit before it and each of the company must in turn pass between the candle and the screen. The game is to guess the person behind the screen by means of their shadow.
The guesser should leave the room while the one to be named is selected, and on re-turning, he should not look to find out who is missing, but honestly guess from the silhouette. Sometimes it adds to the fun to use a disguise, as at a masquerade. For example, put on a long skirt, fasten
up the hair, etc.. However, do not cover the face as this would make it too difficult to guess.
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