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Basing a night / program around relays can be fun if you're creative.  Here's a list to get you started:

  • Egg & spoon race
  • Three legged race
  • Carry water in a thimble
  • Dress up (putting on dress up clothes)
  • Carry a message (chinese whispers style)
  • Eating relay - eat a bag full of food (onion, jelly, pickles, garlic cloves, etc)
  • Obstacle course
  • Feed things through pantyhose (pudding, water balloons, apple sauce, etc)
  • Balloon popping (run to a chair with a balloon on the seat, sit on it to pop, then run back)
  • Clothespin - pin 5 clothespins to the first person's clothes, they run around a designated point and come back, the next person has to take the clothespins off (optionally with teeth for added difficulty), pin them to their own clothes and then run themselves
  • Skateboard 

Add your own suggestions in the comments box below and we'll add them to the list!

  • Night
  • Ice breaker
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Small area
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

  • Longer (30-60 mins)
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Water balloon toss

- Christine (9 Sep 2007)

Doggy-Relay Race

Split up into teams of 5 people each. All teams race at the same time. Each person has to crawl on his/her hands and knees with a clothespin in his/her mouth and must retrieve a doggy biscuit from a dog dish on the other side of the room, by picking it up with the clothespin. After retrieving the dog biscuit, he/she will crawl back and tag the next person in the line. The first team to get every person to pick up a doggy biscuit with the clothespin and get back in a line and sit down- wins! It's harder than it sounds and loads of fun.
- Amy Scheid (10 Oct 2007)

Try a blind folded obstacle course. I did this my my youth group last year and they loved it! Pair them up and blind fold one of the people. The one that is not blind folded has to lead the other under tables, down stairs, around pews etc. This really gets them to think about team work and puts them a little out of their comfort zone
- Megan (24 Sep 2008)

Got Your Back Relay--
They pair off in teams of two and then two teams with a captain., Each pair will blow up a balloon--not totally inflated is better. They place the balloon between their backs and they have area they hae to go and return. If they drop the balloon the captain can place it back for them. If they pop it then they have to get a new balloon blow it up and start back. They really enjoy this relay.
- Susan (20 Sep 2009)

Food Relay:
In a bag or box place various edible sweets, raisins, crackers, etc. Depending on the size of your group split up into groups of 7-10 people per team.

Place the bags or box of treats up high about 50 feet away so the relay person cannot see what he or she is grabbing.

On the word "GO" the first person runs to the bag of treats and must eat what they have selected. (Careful to pay attention to potential allergies).

The re-layer must totally chew and swallow the item they chose and then go back and tag the next person in their group.

The contest ends when the bag of treats is empty.

Have fun playing. The spoiler I found is black liquorish.
- John Wilson (20 Oct 2010)

Carrying water, in a straw(thumb over top of straw) to fill up a SMALL cup 10 feet away.

- Diane (18 Aug 2011)

Tuck a orange under your neck and pass it to the other person without using your hands
- Forrester. F (10 Feb 2012)

put a pair of pantyhose around someones head with a tennis ball inside and water bottles in a circle around them using their "trunk" to knock them over
- amueller (9 Sep 2013)

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