Roll That Melon

Here's a fun contest you can do in your own backyard.

What You Need:

eating watermelon At the end of the lane, chomp into
a juicy reward.

  • Clothesline or garden hose
  • Six 2-liter soda bottles
  • Watermelon
  • Paper plates


1. Set up a course for this event with clothesline or garden hose. Create several lanes (depending on how many relay teams you have), each 30 to 40 feet in length.

2. Midway down each lane, set up a bowling obstacle -- six empty 2-liter soda bottles arranged in bowling-pin formation. Mark a start and a finish line. Just over the finish line, lay slices of watermelon on paper plates.

3. Divide participants into equal relay teams. When the race begins, the first contestant on each team proceeds down the lane, rolling a watermelon. The racer and melon must stay within the boundaries or start over. Midway down the lane, the melon must be given a hard enough push to knock over the bottles. Racers continue rolling the watermelon to the end of the lane where they eat a slice of watermelon, then pick up the whole melon and carry it to the beginning of the line for the next racer.

Older contestants can try pushing the watermelon with their heads. For younger children, use small watermelons.