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Centipede Race

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Short description of activity: Students are joined together at the ankle and need to work together to reach the finish line.

Type of activity: Team Building

Minimum Time Needed for Activity: 20 minutes

Grade Level: 4th +

Subject Area: Team Building

Materials: 

  • Lots of bandanas
  • Wide-open space with no obstacles

Set up:

  1. Divide groups into teams of three to six. Give each team bandanas numbering one less than the team size.
  2. Have the team line up shoulder-to-shoulder. Teammates tie their ankles together, as in for a three-legged race. (A team of four would have five “legs” and three bandanas)
  3. Establish beginning and end of a race course.

Play:

  1. Have students practice moving around the space until they are more comfortable and to strategize.
  2. Run races to see which team makes it across the course first.

Variations:

  • When the team lines up, have every other person face the opposite way.
  • Set up a slalom course for the teams to go through, or have to pass through hula hoops, etc.
  • Give points (or deduct time) for teams crossing the course without falling.
  • Have teams go through a course where each person has to pick up an item.

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