Stack the box relay race

When I introduce the relay process to my students, I actually begin with a modified relay race that has all the elements of a relay but without the stress of making it a win or lose proposition…

The main goal of this type of relay race is to teach the children the very basics of a relay.  The children were to take their first empty box across the driveway, set it down on the line then go back and get their second empty box and set it on top of their first box and then stop…

This may seem very simple but for young children, I find that if you introduce them to a relay race in small doses they will enjoy it more.  We did not focus on finishing first or fastest – instead we just focused on finishing…

Everyone ran with all their heart and did a great job on finishing the relay race…

And once we had ran through the planned relay race a few times, the children finished out our outdoor play time kicking the boxes all around the play area…


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By |2012-09-30T23:39:09+00:00September 30th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Nancy October 1, 2012 at 11:11 am - Reply

    What a great idea. I think I will try this with my little ones.

  2. Linda de Bruin October 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your delightful yet simple ideas. You are a talented teacher.

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