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Watermelon Roll Race

Materials Needed

  • A watermelon
  • An orange cone
  • Pen and paper
  • Watermelons are heavy and have an oblong shape that makes them difficult to roll under the best circumstances. So of course we want to remove hands and feet as an option to make it even harder!


    Since most parties will have more guests than watermelons, each participant runs this race individually and is timed. While that does add a bit of work running the stopwatch and recording the times, the results of this race can be hilarious and well worth the extra effort.

    The Set Up: Mark a start line and place one watermelon on it. About 25 yards away place an orange cone or something similar to mark the spot the racers will roll the watermelon around. Make sure you have a stopwatch available as well as pen and paper to record the times.

    The Rules: The player rolls the watermelon around the cone and then back to the start/finish line as quickly as possible without using their hands or feet. They can use elbows, knees, shoulders, their head or anything else they can think of but not their hands or feet. Use a stopwatch to time each competitor and record the times. Once everyone has had a chance, the person with the fastest time is declared the winner.

    For Kids: This game can be a bit challenging for young kids. For a special kid-friendly version use a smaller round watermelon and allow them to use their hands and feet.

    When you are done: After the race it is time to eat the watermelon, which is the perfect time to have a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest.