Three-Legged Race

three-legged race for kids game

Three-Legged Race

The Three-Legged Race is a popular and engaging outdoor activity that combines fun, teamwork, and physical exercise. Often a highlight at school sports days, family gatherings, and community events, this race requires pairs of participants to coordinate their movements as they strive to reach the finish line together. It’s a delightful way to encourage cooperation, communication, and a bit of healthy competition among kids.

Game sheet

  • Number of players: from 6 children.
  • Ages: Suitable for children from 6 years and older.
  • Supplies: Long strips of cloth or bandanas for tying legs together, A clear, safe racing area.
  • Setting: outdoors
  • Play time: Approximately 10 minutes

Three-legged race rules


  • Form teams of two. Each team’s members stand side by side.
  • Tie adjacent legs together — the right leg of the left partner to the left leg of the right partner.
  • Mark a clear start and finish line.

How to Play:

  1. Ready at the Start Line: All teams line up at the start line.
  2. Race On!: On the signal (a whistle or shout), teams race towards the finish line.
  3. Stay Connected: Teams must keep their legs tied throughout the race. If the tie comes loose, they must stop and retie it before continuing.
  4. Finish Line: The first team to cross the finish line with their legs still tied together wins.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure the racing area is free of obstacles and hazards.
  • Use soft, easily breakable materials for tying legs to avoid injuries.


  1. Obstacle Course: Add obstacles along the race course, like cones to weave through or hoops to jump in, making the race more challenging and exciting.
  2. Relay Race: Turn it into a relay race where each team runs part of the course before passing on to the next pair.
  3. Different Ages Together: Pair up children of different ages or a child with an adult for a fun twist on team dynamics.
  4. Themed Races: Incorporate themes (e.g., superheroes, pirates) where participants race in costumes, adding a creative element to the fun.

The educational advantages of the game

  1. Enhanced Teamwork and Cooperation: As participants are literally tied together, the game naturally fosters teamwork and cooperation. Children learn the importance of working in sync with a partner to achieve a common goal.
  2. Improved Communication Skills: Effective verbal and non-verbal communication is crucial in this race. Participants must constantly communicate to coordinate their steps and movements, enhancing their communication skills.
  3. Physical Coordination and Balance: The race challenges players to move in unison, which improves their physical coordination and balance. It’s a fun way to develop motor skills.
  4. Problem-Solving and Strategy: Teams often need to quickly figure out the best way to move together effectively. This encourages problem-solving and strategic thinking.
  5. Social Interaction and Bonding: The Three-Legged Race is a great social activity that promotes bonding. It brings children together and can help build friendships.
  6. Emotional Intelligence: Learning to be patient and understanding with a partner, especially in challenging moments, fosters empathy and emotional intelligence.
  7. Confidence Building: Successfully completing the race, despite the challenges, can significantly boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem.
  8. Fun Physical Exercise: The race is a form of exercise that is enjoyable and can help children stay active and healthy.

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