Children in the 9- and 10-year-old range tend to have plenty of energy and are old enough to understand the rules of any game. When searching for active games for kids of this age, go for ones that require plenty of physical activity and challenge the body, as well as games that require some thought and imagination.
Sprinting across a finish line is simple. Add another element and do a crab walk race. To do this, kids should "walk" like a crab by turning around and getting on the hands and feet. The kids should race down a designated area of approximately 40 to 50 feet. The biggest challenge of this race is the temptation to look around to see how far they have to go, which, in turn, slows down the racers. Tell them to follow the rules to see if they cross the finish line first.
Have a 50-yard dash with the kids, but add an element that requires hand/eye coordination. The lime-in-the-spoon race is often for younger kids, but making the race longer challenges older kids. The object of this game is to have the kids hold a lime in a spoon while they sprint, jog or run to the finish. The youngster who crosses the finish line first with the lime intact, wins. This idea also works with eggs and golf balls.
This form of racing requires kids to use teamwork to cross the finish line. A relay race can be strictly a running race with four participants. You can also make the race more difficult by adding obstacles, such as low hurdles. Each racer should run 50 to 100 yards with a baton. At each designated point, the racer passes the baton to the next racer to complete his run. The race ends when the last person on each team crosses the finish line.
Divide a group of kids into two teams and enjoy a good old-fashioned game of kickball or soccer. Dodge ball is another classic game kids will love. Have the kids burn off some energy with a basketball. The kids can either participate in a game with two teams, or practice individual free-throws. Head off to the batting cages. The kids can practice swinging.
The classic sack race will surely be a hit with this age group. Simon Says is another classic game that kids of all ages enjoy. Pull out the interactive video games such as "Dance Revolution" and have the kids challenge one another. Offer a prize for the best dancer. Have the kids challenge one another on a tennis or bowling video game -- or any game where the kids have to mimic motions.
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