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Running Games for Kids

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author image Jason Aberdeene
Jason Aberdeene has been a freelance writer since 2008. His articles have appeared in the "UCSD Guardian" and on various websites, specializing in teen health. An assistant at Kagan Physical Therapy since 2009, Aberdeene has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.
Running Games for Kids
Running games for kids are designed to test their imaginations as well as their physical abilities. Photo Credit The running kid image by YURY MARYUNIN from Fotolia.com

Overview

Running games for kids are designed to help boost their physical fitness levels as well as their self-esteem levels. While some kids enjoy competitive track and field games, others prefer casual relay races and tag-based games. Due to the large variety of running games for kids, it's easy for your child to use his imagination to make up his own running game.

Butterfly Running Game

This game is designed to help keep your kids in shape as well as entertained. Find an open field or playground and set up cones in the shape of a butterfly. This butterfly can be as large or small as you want, although it should be big enough to let kids run and jog around it for a decent amount of time. This particular butterfly shape should be symmetrical, with a straight line down its center. This center line is called the "sprinting lane" while one side of the butterfly is the "jogging lane." The other side of the butterfly will be the "walking lane." Have your kids start to jog around one side of the butterfly shape, then have them sprint down the center of the butterfly before walking around the other side of the butterfly. Have them run on the course until tired.

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Capture The Flag

This classic running game will build your child's agility as well as overall running skills. Have your child and her friends break up into two groups of five. Take them to a field and divide the field into two. Mark midfield with several cones or markers. From here, have each team place their flag 50 feet away from the center of the field. On your whistle, have each team try to run and grab the flag on the other side of the field. If a player is tagged on the other side of the field, that player must go to "jail." You can only be rescued from jail if a teammate frees you. The team who captures the most flags by the end of the allotted time is the winner.

Candy Hunt Game

This game is designed for young children and is an easy way to get them active and running. Take a group of kids to an open field and spread out a variety of individually wrapped candies on the ground. According to the Run The Planet website, the kids are only allowed to pick up one piece of candy before returning to the starting line. Once they have dropped the candy off at the starting point they can return to grab more candy. The child who has retrieved the most candy in the allotted time is the winner.

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