Rudolph Races - Fun Family Christmas Games

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rudolph Races - Fun Family Christmas Games

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Rudolph Races is sure to be your kids new favorite activity! This outrageously fun Christmas activity for kids will teach them some simple physics. This is perfect for the whole family: preschool, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade kids.
Rudolph Races is an outrageously fun Christmas games for the whole family. It is simple to set-up and will teach them some simple physics too! Perfect for homeschool, Christmas learning activities, Christmas Parties and more! (toddler, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grad,e 6th grade)


Kids love Rudolf! With his bright red nose and his under dog story he appeals to kids everywhere. What child doesn't love the idea of saving Christmas? In this fun, hands-on balloon race activity we pit Rudolf against Rudolf in a race to save Christmas one again, but this time we are bringing in a little physics lesson.


This Simple Physics Activity, Rudolf Races is fun for preschool through elementary.



We are having so much fun incorporating science into our holidays! The kids loved Chemistry Trees so much, they've been begging to do more and this time I wanted to tackle a little physics.

Christmas Games - Rudolf Races

rudolf balloon race prepare to launchSupplies For Rudolf Balloon Races

To set up your own Rudolf Races you will need:

  • Anchor points - we used chairs, but you could really use anything.
  • String or twine (must be thin enough to slide easily through your straws)
  • Straight straws (bendy ones won't work!)
  • Balloons
  • Decorating supplies for Rudolf - including red pompoms, construction paper, googly eyes, glue (our glue refused to adhere to the balloons so we used tape), tape, etc.
  • Tape
  • Clips or clamps to keep the air in the balloon


Rudolph kids activities for Christmas parties

Preparing For The Races

Start by setting up your race track. We set ours up between chairs, 2 for each track. Simply tie one end of the string to one chair, thread your straw onto the string, then tie off the other end on the other chair. Pull the chairs apart until the string is taut. Repeat for each track.

TIP! These balloons are going to go really fast. Aim for a long track. Ours was 8 feet long and it seemed way too short. The races were over, it seemed, before they even started. I would aim for 15 feet or longer if you have the space.

TIP 2! Make sure your string is level.

Next prepare your Rudolf balloons by decorating them. This is easiest to do while they are blown up with a clamp on the end to stop air escaping. We went with stickers for the eyes, red pompom for the nose and some construction paper antlers. They looked a little like an Angry Birds version of Rudolf, but the kids loved it!

rudolf balloon race physics square


Race Time!

To race your Rudolfs attach the top of the balloon to the straw on the string with some tape. Carefully remove the clip or clamp, keeping the end pinched between your fingers.

Start the countdown... 3 - 2 - 1 RACE!

Let go of the balloons and watch as the Rudolfs race to the end!

deflated rudolf square - balloon science experiment for kids

By the time the Rudolf reaches the end of the string he is a very sad looking little reindeer. My kids thought this part was hilarious!

Rudolf Races Simple Physics FEATURE

Understanding the Science and Physics

These balloon races are about understanding the principles of physics, and since this activity is aimed at preschoolers to elementary students we will keep the physics simple. This Rudolf Balloon Race is a simple action-reaction experiment.

When you blow up the balloon you are filling it up with air that is under pressure. When the air escapes from the balloon (when you let go of it) the escaping air exerts thrust or force on the balloon which propels it forward. The air escapes backward - the balloon races forward. Action - reaction.

And when you have the kids all excited about physics and science, keep that passion for learning going with my guide to chemistry for kids.

Happy racing!

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Shelley is a former communications manager with a BSc in Psychology specialization. Since starting a family ten years ago, she has been a full-time writer in both fiction and non-fiction, and on her site: STEAM Powered Family. She is passionate about quality education and childhood mental health, and last year started homeschooling her two children who both have special needs. Follow along on FacebookPinterestTwitter and Instagram.



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