I am sure you have watched and/or heard of the reality show The Amazing Race. I had the privilege to participate with my “mini me” and her 8th grade class in their Amazing Race.If you are looking for a fabulous birthday game or a fun learning project for your kids the Amazing Race is for you!
The teachers dispersed the entire class into teams of 6-8. The teams were made up of different social networks, athletic abilities and IQ’s. The teams had to work together to solve the puzzles and figure out the best route to get to the next location. Before the day of the Amazing Race, the teams participated in different challenges to determine the order of the start.
Mini Me and all her friends!
The clues were very creative and fun.
Our first clue was “Mr. Brennen hasn’t had his coffee yet and you can get some toffee there too.” All the kids on our team #3 knew the answer right away.
Off we go sprinting to Enstrom’s Candies! When we arrive we had to wait for the other team to finish the activity.
The activity consisted of a blue/silver tarp and a fitness ball. The team was required to turn the tarp over from the blue side to the silver side without touching the pavement while balancing a person on the fitness ball.
All together we had 13 different stations 7.75 miles and a whole lotta fun! I truly enjoyed meeting a group of new kids and watching how each one of the kids excels in different activities. I can’t remember all the clues, because it got hectic and trying to run as fast as we could to find the next station don’t forget I am 30 years older than all the kids I was attempting to keep up with.
#2 – Museum observatory – There were 16 questions that had to be answered about the history of our town and they could use the observatory to find the answers.
#3 – I do remember the clue for this one.
“Girl on _____________”
Yep you got it! Fire off to the fire station we go. Here the kids had about 7 science questions that had to be answered along with a physical challenge that the firemen put them thru.
The clue for #4 was a picture of a Ruby, a picture of a canyon and a picture of a bike! The kids thought the ruby was a diamond I think because the picture was black and white. If they would have known it was a ruby they would have ran straight to the Ruby Canyon Bike Shop rather than running to 2 different bike shops first. When arriving at station #4 it was a break due to waiting on other teams to finish the activity. They had to look at a map and find 10 local bike trails then another timed physical challenge adding clothes to a team mate and adding a blindfold then that person had to ride a bike. Key to this activity was to look at the ENTIRE map!
#5 -City Market Grocery store. When the team arrived in the store the station was found. They were given a gift card and shopping list for this activity. Our team had 6 kids and the shopping list had 6 items so they thought together to divide up the list and each team mate find an item on the list. I think we gained some speed on this because all the kids knew what they were looking for. All the groceries purchased was donated to the soup kitchen. Thank you to all who purchased the gift cards.
#6- I can’t remember the exact clue but it said something about a second hand store being on “Grand” and the name is the same as an Eminem album. The kids said lets run to Grand because we can’t use technology to find the name of the Eminem album. Yep we found the second hand store the Encore Shop. This challenge was defiantly a challenge for this team. Who was REALLY paying attention in Mr. Brennen’s social studies class? A LARGE crossword puzzle on US History! Lucky for our team they could get letters for push-ups. The last word they couldn’t figure out they did 30 push-ups to get it completed.
#7-This was a fun clue to. It said something like the teachers have a “GRAND” time during second elective at this time. This lead the team to 145 Grand they got a 15 minute break, with Gatorade and bananas.
#8 – This clue was a picture of a keyboard and letters were blacked out. It took the team a few solve the word. They decided to just head towards downtown and look for signs to give them ideas. One of the girls said the word City and it clicked “City Hall.” Here we go again sprinting to City Hall. Once we arrived they had to memorize one of the monuments and repeat it. “We the People……”
#9-I don’t think I ever saw the clue for the next station because the kids already knew where they were going once they read one line of it. Off to the Post Office we sprint, another break here because the teams at the Post Office were still finishing the activity. They had to put a 100 piece puzzle together without talking. I found this to be very interesting. The very quiet kids analyzed the puzzle and pretty much lead the “normal” leaders on this activity.
#10- This clue said something about going here when you turn 16. Yep the DMV. By the time the team arrived to this station they were getting very hungry and tired and the activity was Sudoku. Not this team’s favorite activity. They all struggled with this puzzle and push-ups were not an option with this mom/teacher manning the activity. Finally after about 20 minutes they completed the puzzle and off we go.
#11 – To the dried fruit store for some blindfolded dried fruit. They all loved it. Hahaha
#12 – Off to the R-5 High School where they had to build a tent, write down all the instructions and put it back in the bag. This team had great team work on this activity.
#13 – Finally the last station. The clue said something about getting candy and aspirin at this store. The rain is starting to come down on the team. They are very hungry by this time and they have to run 6 blocks from R-5 to Rite Aid. When getting to Rite Aid they had hop like bunnies in a train. Once done the entire team takes off to the finish line because they are starving! Yes there was a clue for the finish line but who can remember, it said something about find us here and you can eat we will be waiting for you.
I had a fabulous time with all the kids. The Amazing Race proved great teamwork, sportsmanship, learning and physical activities.
The best part of the day was when we got home and my mini me told me “Mom, I am so glad you came to the Amazing Race today you made it a lot of fun and kept my team motivated. Thank you! “