Christmas Present Relay

Summary: Christmas Present Relay is a relay race played with christmas presents on your feet.

Ages: From 5 to adult

Recommended Number of Players:
Between 6 and 30 with even number of players per team

Equipment:
Two shoe boxes per team, wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper without the lid attached
One bell on a string
A bag of Tootsie Rolls and bowl
One pair of mittens per team

Set Up:
Attached the bell to the ceiling so that it tangles at about the average height of the players.

How to Play:
Have the two teams line up on one side of the room with the bell and bowl of Tootsie Rolls on the other side. Each player in turn must put on the mittens, step into the Christmas presents and race to the other end of the room. The player must then ring the bell with their nose before grabbing only one Tootsie roll and returning to their waiting team member who will do the same. The mittens and boxes must stay on the players for the duration of their turn.

Winner:
The winner is the team who finished first.

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