Put an animalistic spin on a class relay race. Animal Relay, a popular Recess Enhancement Program (REP) game, will get kids active. 


Animal Relay

Who: Grades K-5    

Players: 6+    

Time: 10 minutes+    

Where: Auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, hallway, playground    

Equipment: Cones or tape

How to Play 

  • Players line up standing 6 feet away from each other. The leader will split players into teams of three and use cones to mark start and end lines. 
  • The leader calls out an animal (cheetah, shark, elephant). When the leader says, "go," the first students in line will act like the specified animal as they move toward the end cone. 
  • They act like the animal on the way back to the start line. Once the player sits down at the end of his or her line, the next player goes. 
  • The first team to have all players sitting down wins! 

Check for Understanding  

  • What do you do when you get back to your line? 
  • What are you running toward? 

Game Tip  

  • Demonstrate a round before students play. 

Conflict Resolution Tip 

  • Have players cheer each other on. 


Easy: Sloth: walk slowly 

Medium: Rabbit: hop on two feet

Hard: Crab: crab walk 

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