This fun Rudolph Race Game is both an outrageously fun Christmas game for kids and a chance to sneak in Christmas STEM Activities! This easy-to-set-up Rudolph Races is a Christmas Activity for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students that teaches a little physics while having FUN! This Christmas science experiment is perfect for the whole family!
Rudolph Race Game
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 Rudolph Race Game is such a fun way to sneak in some Christmas Science while having fun with zany Christmas Activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.
This Simple Physics Activity, Rudolf Races is fun for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers alike! Use this as a Christmas activity, simple Christmas science project in your classroom, or as part of a week of Christmas learning in your homeschool.
To set up your own Rudolf Races you will need a few simple materials you probably already have laying around your house!
- 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!)
- 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.
- Clips or clamps to keep the air in the balloon
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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!
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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!
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By the time the Rudolf balloon reaches the end of the string, he is a very sad looking little reindeer. My kids thought this part was hilarious! Trust me, your kids will love this simple physics experiment for kids!
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.
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