Kids' Outdoor Activities

Potato Sack Race

Believed to have been invented in the early 1900s, a potato sack race is a game in which a person runs while standing in a large sack. The race is a family reunion tradition. Initially, burlap potato sacks were used in this game, but today, burlap bags, which can easily be obtained from coffee roasting firms, are used. Pillow cases and garbage bags are also a suitable alternative. Sack races can take place either in a gymnasium or an open field. Though it appears to be an old-fashioned activity, you can rest assured that your kids will like it when they hop into action.

How to Play

A potato sack, a pillow case, or a garbage bag is allocated to each participant. Each child gets into the sack before someone shouts “go.” The children race as fast as they can to the finish line. Whoever crosses the finish line first is the winner. If you can’t access sacks, you can let kids partner up and tie their legs together (one leg). This is called three-legged race.

Sack races can be suitable for every kid regardless of any circumstance or ability. However, it may require a few adaptations to accommodate children with different needs or limitations. For instance, you may need to provide a lot of auditory directions for children with visual impairment. For deaf children, the “go” sound signal may not help; a visual cue will be necessary. Since potato sack races involve jumping, you may need to adjust the distance for your little ones; they don’t have to run short of fuel. It is important to allow your children to have fun anyhow.