Pit Stop Races
What You'll Need:
- Several Rectangular Boxes (1 for each team)
- Brass Paper Fasteners or Craft Glue
- Glue Sticks (1 for each team)
- Paper Cups
- Construction Paper
- Stick-On Numbers (if desired)
Before the party, or at the party as a group activity, decide how many teams you want to have and make a cardboard racecar for each one. Here's what to do to make each racecar:
At the Party:
- Fold in the top flaps of the boxes and cut off the bottom flaps so that the boxes are open at the top and bottom.
- Cut handles into the longer sides of the boxes so that the children can easily pick them up and carry them while they run around the "track."
- Use the brass paper fasteners or craft glue to add inverted paper cups for headlights and a construction paper license plate.
- Cut 3 sets of 4 construction paper wheels for each car. Each set should be a different color (i.e. 4 red, 4 yellow, and 4 blue per car).
- Affix one set of wheels to each car.
- Decorate the cars with racing numbers (stick on or hand-drawn), construction paper racing stripes, sponsor names, and other designs, as desired.
- Lay out an oval race course on the grass or in an indoor area, and designate a pit area for each team. Put a glue stick in each pit.
- Get the Pit Stop Races started by separating the children into teams (1 for each car you've put together) and assigning each a pit area to change tires and drivers.
- Stagger the start lines with the first set of drivers lined up in front of their own pit.
- At the start of the race, each driver runs around the course and back to his designated pit area while carrying his team's car.
- In the pit, the crew (i.e. the rest of the driver's team) changes tires and drivers. To change tires, the crew must pull off the old wheels and replace them with a new set of a different color using a glue stick to attach the new wheels. (Note: Younger children may need adult pit crew managers.)
- If a tire falls off on the track, the driver must pick it up before advancing.
- You can signal drivers who have dropped a wheel by waving a yellow flag.
- The first team to make all of their laps and tire/driver changes wins.