Stumps Tug-of-War

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The strongest might think they'll rule this tug-of-war game. But just watch what happens when they yank their rope too hard against a wily opponent.

What you'll need

  • Two stumps or milk crates
  • 30-foot length of rope
Helpful Tip:

Make sure to play this on a soft surface in case someone takes a tumble. If a smaller person is playing against a much bigger person, try having the bigger one stand on one foot, or have a spottler help the little one control the rope. If you really want to have fun on a hot summer's day, build a few gooey mud pits around the stumps. Just don't forget to have the hose handy.

How to play

  1. Set up two stumps (upside-down milk crates) about 6 to 12 feet apart. Lay the 30-foot length of rope between the stumps, leaving the surplus rope coiled at both ends.

  2. The players, standing on the stumps, pull or relax the rope, trying to get the other to lose his or her balance and step off. Might is not always right here. A hard tug can be neutralized by a loosened grip?and the sudden slack can make the tugger teeter.

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