Jump ropes or cones; open, flat area for running; baton item optional.
Do a simple relay game by designating a start and finish line using jump ropes or cones. Split up teams according to how many kids there are. Three or four to a team is most appropriate for preschoolers. You can use beanbags, party horns, small sticks or even just a light tag to cue the next runner. When each child has their turn, have them sit down at their team's finish line so you know they've had their turn. First team with all members sitting wins the race! Mix it up by moving different ways such as jumping, galloping, skipping, walking backward, silly walking, or even crawling! You can also mix up the teams if they seem uneven in skill level. This is a great event for outdoor parties or those afternoons when all the neighborhood kids seem to be at your house.