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March 15, 2017

Planning an Amazing Race Themed Class Party

By Nancy Jang
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    I loved watching The Amazing Race on TV. The players went to exotic places and were challenged physically and mentally at every turn. I wanted to capture some of that excitement and energy with my students, so I planned The EGG-mazing Race! Although I normally do it around Easter, this kind of race can be done at ANY time. It’s one part foot race, one part learning activity, one part physical activity, and all parts FUN.

    Around Easter, kids, get excited to hunt for Easter eggs and eat candy. But at school, I wanted to have a party that was fun, challenging, and not so candy centered. In the past, other teachers have variations of egg hunts, but it can become a bit of a melee on the field or wherever the hunt is. One year chaos ensued because a particular class had planted eggs everywhere and other classes were finding them (not the point of the activity).

    Here’s how the EGG-mazing Race works. I set up six tubs with materials for each activity: directions for the activity, a clue envelope that leads to the next station, and some small themed prizes such as a candy or special eraser. I divide my class into six teams with an adult chaperone. Each team starts at a different station and completes the activity, awards the prizes, and then reads the clue that leads them to the next station. When each team has completed all six activity stations, they come back to the classroom. The first team back gets a special prize: a book of their choice from my prize box! When all teams return to class, they have healthy drinks and snacks.

    If you are interested in hosting your own version of the Egg-mazing Race, here is everything you need! Just click on each station link below to grab your planning tools and editable clues. The clues and locations are set up for my school to help you visulaize how to set up your race so you'll need to adjust.

    Station 1 — Basketball Court

    • Materials: Basketball
    • Directions: Every person on the team must make one basket OR solve one math problem
    • Prize: A piece of candy
    • Clue in envelope: Where the littlest kids play and slide, and around the woodchips they can ride. Here is where you must go, be on the lookout for kinders you might know.

    Station 2 — Kinder Yard

    • Materials: Tricycles
    • Directions: Each member of your team must ride a lap around the tricycle track OR solve a math problem
    • Prize: Special pencil
    • Clue in the envelope: In this place, food is served and lost things get found. Do your next challenge in this room on the ground.

    Station 3 — Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria

    • Materials: Cereal box puzzles in baggies
    • Directions: Pair up with someone on the team and assemble the puzzle
    • Prize: Special eraser
    • Clue in envelope: Go to the place where all the books stand on end. Here you can read with a friend. Be very quiet and you’ll see, that BEHIND this building is where you need to be!

    Station 4 — Behind the Library

    • Materials: Box of cookies
    • Directions: Place the cookie on your forehead and without using your hands, get the cookie into your mouth. If you drop the cookie on the ground, throw it in the trash and get another one.
    • Prize: A piece of candy
    • Clue in envelope: We run each week where the grass is green, near the parking lot backstop is where you next challenge will be seen.

    Station 5 — Field

    • Materials: None
    • Directions: Run down to the other backstop and back, then do 40 jumping jacks
    • Prize: A bookmark
    • Clue in envelope: When you fall and bleed, here is where you will find the band-aids you need. There are two little beds to take a rest, and a very nice nurse that is the best!

    Station 6 — Nurse’s Office

    • Materials: Assorted coins, numbers written on sticky notes
    • Directions: Count out the correct coins to make the totals on the sticky notes
    • Prize: Bouncy balls
    • Clue in envelope: Out on this court is our line, we run and shoot and it’s just fine. There is a hoop and an orange ball, make a basket and that is all!

    Any of the places can be modified to fit your school geography and any of the clues can be rewritten to fit those locations. All the activities can be replaced with your favorite Minute to Win It game or something more academic like a quick matching activity based on anything that you are teaching in class. An adult chaperone is required for each group to make sure that the activities are being completed correctly, to keep kids safe, and to give out the rewards. For younger kids the adults can help with reading the clues and completing the tasks.

    I hope that you enjoy this twist on a party and that you try it in your class. My kids loved it!

    Happy Racing!

    Nancy

    I loved watching The Amazing Race on TV. The players went to exotic places and were challenged physically and mentally at every turn. I wanted to capture some of that excitement and energy with my students, so I planned The EGG-mazing Race! Although I normally do it around Easter, this kind of race can be done at ANY time. It’s one part foot race, one part learning activity, one part physical activity, and all parts FUN.

    Around Easter, kids, get excited to hunt for Easter eggs and eat candy. But at school, I wanted to have a party that was fun, challenging, and not so candy centered. In the past, other teachers have variations of egg hunts, but it can become a bit of a melee on the field or wherever the hunt is. One year chaos ensued because a particular class had planted eggs everywhere and other classes were finding them (not the point of the activity).

    Here’s how the EGG-mazing Race works. I set up six tubs with materials for each activity: directions for the activity, a clue envelope that leads to the next station, and some small themed prizes such as a candy or special eraser. I divide my class into six teams with an adult chaperone. Each team starts at a different station and completes the activity, awards the prizes, and then reads the clue that leads them to the next station. When each team has completed all six activity stations, they come back to the classroom. The first team back gets a special prize: a book of their choice from my prize box! When all teams return to class, they have healthy drinks and snacks.

    If you are interested in hosting your own version of the Egg-mazing Race, here is everything you need! Just click on each station link below to grab your planning tools and editable clues. The clues and locations are set up for my school to help you visulaize how to set up your race so you'll need to adjust.

    Station 1 — Basketball Court

    • Materials: Basketball
    • Directions: Every person on the team must make one basket OR solve one math problem
    • Prize: A piece of candy
    • Clue in envelope: Where the littlest kids play and slide, and around the woodchips they can ride. Here is where you must go, be on the lookout for kinders you might know.

    Station 2 — Kinder Yard

    • Materials: Tricycles
    • Directions: Each member of your team must ride a lap around the tricycle track OR solve a math problem
    • Prize: Special pencil
    • Clue in the envelope: In this place, food is served and lost things get found. Do your next challenge in this room on the ground.

    Station 3 — Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria

    • Materials: Cereal box puzzles in baggies
    • Directions: Pair up with someone on the team and assemble the puzzle
    • Prize: Special eraser
    • Clue in envelope: Go to the place where all the books stand on end. Here you can read with a friend. Be very quiet and you’ll see, that BEHIND this building is where you need to be!

    Station 4 — Behind the Library

    • Materials: Box of cookies
    • Directions: Place the cookie on your forehead and without using your hands, get the cookie into your mouth. If you drop the cookie on the ground, throw it in the trash and get another one.
    • Prize: A piece of candy
    • Clue in envelope: We run each week where the grass is green, near the parking lot backstop is where you next challenge will be seen.

    Station 5 — Field

    • Materials: None
    • Directions: Run down to the other backstop and back, then do 40 jumping jacks
    • Prize: A bookmark
    • Clue in envelope: When you fall and bleed, here is where you will find the band-aids you need. There are two little beds to take a rest, and a very nice nurse that is the best!

    Station 6 — Nurse’s Office

    • Materials: Assorted coins, numbers written on sticky notes
    • Directions: Count out the correct coins to make the totals on the sticky notes
    • Prize: Bouncy balls
    • Clue in envelope: Out on this court is our line, we run and shoot and it’s just fine. There is a hoop and an orange ball, make a basket and that is all!

    Any of the places can be modified to fit your school geography and any of the clues can be rewritten to fit those locations. All the activities can be replaced with your favorite Minute to Win It game or something more academic like a quick matching activity based on anything that you are teaching in class. An adult chaperone is required for each group to make sure that the activities are being completed correctly, to keep kids safe, and to give out the rewards. For younger kids the adults can help with reading the clues and completing the tasks.

    I hope that you enjoy this twist on a party and that you try it in your class. My kids loved it!

    Happy Racing!

    Nancy

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