Animal Races

Animal races make terrific outdoor games to play at birthday parties, family reunions, kids clubs and youth groups. They can be adapted for themed parties as well.

Age: All ages

No. of players: Any number

Equipment: None

Time: Approximately 5 minutes

Aim: To be the first to reach the finish line.


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1. The organiser chooses an animal for the players to become. For example, your first race may be a kangaroo race so all players become kangaroos. The idea is for the children to assume the animal positions and move like the animal.

2. Players line up at the starting line. On the word "Go", players hop like kangaroos (or the chosen animal) to the finish line.

3. The first player across the finish line is the winner.

Some animal suggestions include:

    snake - slither along the ground
    tortoise - forearms on the ground
    monkey - screeching with hands scratching their underarms
    elephant - plod along with one arm as their trunk swaying side to side
    bird - flapping wings
    horse - neighing and galloping
    chicken/rooster - squawking/crowing, flapping wings, squat while running
    cow - mooing, walking on all fours
    duck - quacking, flapping wings, squat while running
    kangaroo - jumping with their feet together
    rabbit - squatting and jumping down low

Easter Variation: Bunny Races - children can hop like a rabbit and receive an Easter egg prize at the end of the race.

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