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This game takes a traditional relay challenge and turns it on its head!  This fun gross motor activity requires no planning and only simple materials you can find around your house!  It's sure to get some smiles while challenging kids’ motor skills and social skills too!

Skill Areas Addressed (See Glossary):

  • Cognitive Skills
  • Coordination
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Motor Control
  • Proprioception
  • Sensory Integration
  • Social Skills

What You Will Need: 

  • An object to carry (ball, pencil, stuffed animal, etc…)

What to Do: 

Two children carry an object of choice (ball, pencil, stuffed animal, etc…) down a path and back using designated body parts between the two children.

For example, the children carry a soccer ball pushing against each other with the ball between their backs. This can be done with two kids for fun or with several pairs of kids for a competitive relay!

Wacky Relay with A Soccer Ball

How to Change It Up:  The great thing about this activity is that it can be done any number of ways!  Be creative, and remember, the larger the object, the easier the activity. The smaller the object, the more challenging it is. Here are some ideas on how:

  • Elbow to elbow
  • Shoulder to shoulder
  • Chin to chin
  • Knee to knee
  • Finger to finger
  • Palm to palm
  • Back to back
  • Forehead to forehead
  • Cheek to cheek
  • Hip to hip
  • Head to head

HINT: Children who are different heights may need to start with larger objects and use smaller objects as they gain skill at cooperating in carrying an object together using different body parts.

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