The simple joy of holding a race
July 21, 2009
If there's one thing that's true at a child's backyard party, it's this: the guests will want to run around.
While it may sound like an absurdly simple idea, holding an organized race can focus the energy of the children in a constructive manner and gives you an excuse to hand out prizes to everyone.
First off, plot a course around the yard or around the house. Be sure to have some adults situated in various corners of the house to make sure no one cheats.
If there is a big group of guests, think about splitting everyone up into three or four different groups.
Have the contestants stand on the starting line (a tree branch or some string will work fine) and yell "Go!" to get things started.
A little healthy competition will liven up the party and may even help a young child discover a hidden athletic skin.
But no matter who wins, be sure to give everyone a prize at the end of the race. If the sun is start to set, consider glow-stick necklaces so that the kids can have more outdoor fun in the dark.