Top Ten Relay Games: #6- Don’t Lose Your Marbles

If you’re looking for a great relay game, we have it for you. We introduce: Don’t Lose Your Marbles!

PREP TIME– 20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED5-10 Gallon Bucket with Water per Team, Small Bowl per Team, 20 Marbles (or more) per Team

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes



Before you start, fill your 5 or 10 gallon buckets about 1/4 of the way up with water and drop at least 20 marbles in each one.

Now split your group up into at least two team of ten. You can have more teams or more people, it’s completely up to you. Feel free to play Middle School versus High School, guys versus girls or even pit schools against each other! Line them up into single file lines about twenty feet away from the buckets.

Next, have everyone take off their socks & shoes. The first person in line for each team will run to and dip their foot in the bucket, pulling out a marble with their toes. They must then transfer the marble into the bowl located beside the bucket. Teams only get a point for marbles dropped into the bowl. Whoever has the most marbles at the end of a designated time limit wins!

Alternative Method:

Instead of marbles, use gummy worms. Just so you know, it is much harder! You can call the game “Twinkle Toes” if you go this route.


1. If you’re indoors, have some towels on hand for participants to dry their feet. You may also want to lay tarps down to minimize the mess as well.

2. If you don’t have access to a bunch of buckets, use one kiddie pool and have everyone pick marbles or gummy worms out of it. It saves some prep time, but it can get a bit chaotic as well!

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