This was one of my all time favorite games in youth ministry, and the students love it as well. It doesn’t take a whole lot of prep, either. Just get a couple old blankets, carpet pieces, or even cardboard boxes that students can sit on while they are dragged around a prepared “race course”. For the record, the old blankets or sheets work best, but you can use anything that can be dragged.
When everyone arrives, divide them up into groups. If you have a big group, pick a few groups of 4 kids to do this as an “upfront” game. If your group is smaller, let everyone participate. Divide them into equal size groups between 3-5 students each.
Each group gets a “Chariot” – the blanket, carpet, or cardboard. Line the teams up at the starting line. One student will sit on the “chariot” and the other students will drag them. When you say go, the teams will race around the course, and the student in the chariot will do their best not to fall off while the “horses” drag them around the course.
The race will consist of multiple laps – enough to allow everyone to go for a ride. If someone falls off, the team has to stop until the rider gets back on the blanket. The winner is the first team to finish the course. You can do this inside on carpet, or outside on grass. Just be warned – your students will probably want to do this game again and again!