My family loves watching the Amazing Race. The kids love to see all the crazy antics and challenges. I love seeing all the settings and cultures from around the world. And we all route for our favorite teams. It’s kind of a life lesson in geography and anthropology all wrapped into one. Showing the kids how people stick together and cooperate as well as how poor sportsmanship can bring down the team.
This year my daughter wanted an Amazing Race birthday party. Since she wanted to participate I came up with the challenge and clues for her and her friends. This was actually pretty fun and creative. There was a dress up race around the park, a backyard obstacle course, a geography word scramble, just to name a few. Of course I had to have some foodie challenges as well.
We actually begun at a favorite local juice shop, Juice Girl where the girls had to drink a juice and smoothie and determine all the ingredients before getting their next clue. There was a travel to China challenge where the girls used their chopsticks skills. Finally I put them to work with a race to make lemonade (the old fashioned way – nothing electric), as well as cupcake decorating (using candy they collected at a yogurt shop contest). This was good idea as not only were they making things quickly but they would also be careful and make them tasty as they would be drinking the lemonade with their lunch, and eating the cupcakes after.
My daughter and her friends had a great time. With all the challenges we kept 8, 9 year olds busy forabout 2.5 hours both at home and around town. The challenges took some organizing (making simple syrup, gathering chopsticks) but really made use of things we already had at home (dress up clothes, obstacle items) and didn’t require buying much (bag of lemons, juices, smoothies). We decided we’re going to do smaller get togethers and challenges more regularly, while we’re waiting for the show to start again.