Hot Lava Tug of War

Hot Lava Tug of War

What You'll Need:

  • A long rope
  • Red spray paint (outdoors) or a red blanket (indoors)


Mark the lava area in the grass (about 2–3 feet wide) using red spray paint, or use a red blanket if playing indoors.

At the Party:
  1. Divide the guests into two teams. You can name them Herbivores vs. Carnivores, Stegosauruses vs. Tyrannosauruses, etc. Younger children may need an adult "anchor."
  2. Line each team up, one behind the other, on either side of the lava.
  3. Explain to the teams that they should try to stay out of the hot lava!
  4. Using the rope, show children how to pull as a team.
  5. Position the middle of the rope in the middle of the "lava" and hand the ends to the two teams.
  6. When the game begins, each team tries to pull the other team across or into the lava.
  7. Play two or three rounds.

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