Diggin' for Bones

Children race to dig for bones to win
Bones for diggin' (fake bones are probably best!)
Large bucket for each team (trashcans or appliance boxes work as well)
Tons of packing peanuts

1. Fill your large buckets/boxes with packing peanuts.
2. In each large container, at least one bone for every participant.
3. Do your best to really hide the bones in the packing peanuts.
4. Divide the group into teams.

How to Play

1. On "Go!" the first person of each team will run to the bone site! This can be an archeological site, a graveyard, or a coffin depending upon your theme.
2. The child must search through the packing peanuts until they find a good old bone!
3. Bone in hand, the child runs back to his/her team and tags the next person in line.
4. The first team to have each member with a bone wins!


1. If you are able to create a full skeleton set of bones, have the teams work together to put the skeleton back together. The first team to put the skeleton together wins the game!
2. For Halloween it is fun to cut out wooden or cardboard boxes into coffin shapes and use them as your bone containers.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Competitive (has winners and losers)

1. If your students are learning about archeologists and bones in school this could be a wonderful playground activity.
2. You might even use it as a means to quiz the students on the different bone names.

Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Get the push brooms
Noise Level
Number of Players
5 to 10
10 to 20
Prep Time
5 - 10 minutes
Space Needed
Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)