- White balloons
- Black marker
- Sealing pegs
1. Secure one end of your string to an outdoor feature that is fixed in place such as a tree, soccer net frame, or light pole. Moveable objects like chair backs and table legs can also be used.
2. Cut a section of straw and put your string through it so that it freely moves while being guided by the string. Secure the other end of the string to another outdoor object so that it's tau
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 so that you have at least two parallel race courses of the same length. 4. Next, pass out a balloon to each child and let them draw a spooky ghost face on it using a marker.
5. Instruct the kids to blow up their balloons (or do it for them if they're not able) and secure the balloons shut using sealing pegs, like the kind you would use to keep a chip bag closed.
6. Once everyone has their balloons ready, it's off to the races! Using a piece of tape, secure the inflated ghosts to the straws and position them at the starting point of the string. 7. Count it down with a "ready, set, go!" and have the kids release their sealing pegs. The escaping air will send their ghosts flying off towards the finish line. 8. The first ghost to make it to the end of the string wins!
If you've got a large group of kids and only two racing strings, use a system of knock-out elimination to narrow down your final winner. If you're finding that your balloons aren't making it to the finish line, angle your sting on a downward slant to help assist the ghosts to the end of the string. Let us know how your ghost races go by leaving us a comment! For more outdoor games that will keep your kids entertained while the weather's still decent, consider making your own pipe ball game for endless backyard fun! What outdoor games do your kids like to play? Tell us in the comments below!