The example below is based on our favourite horse racing game which is currently in our library. It was created by library volunteer Hannah.
What is the name of your activity?
The Winning Post
What group is your activity aimed at?
Please estimate how much it would cost to make your activity?
Describe your activity
The Winning Post is a colourful and exciting horse race game. Based on the Melbourne Cup, participants race their horse around a track, the first over the line wins!
12 different coloured horses with numbers will need to be made for this game. I have drawn an example, please see the attached file. I have also included the other components required including the starting card, finish card, horse cards and number cards.
To make this game dementia friendly, participants are given a card with their horses name and a description on it to make it easier to remember which horse is theirs.
Horse #12 – Marshmallow
Don’t let his pink and white fluffy mane fool you, this horse means business!
Provide the rules (if any) for your activity
This Game can be played with up to 12 participants. Each participant selects a horse and takes the relevant horse description card.
Track set up. Use the “starting gate” card and “finish post” card and position as many “number” cards as you want in between them either around a table or a room (in order starting from 1 through to whatever number you want to use depending on size of track). The number of dice used depends on the amount of “number” cards used. If all 30 are used roll 3 dice, if 20 used roll 2 dice or if less then 20 are used roll 1 dice. Position the horses in their respective starting gate.
In each round, each player takes a turn to roll dice and their horse moves that many spaces around the “number” cards. The first horse to get to the finish wins. Keep playing till you have 1st, 2nd and 3rd to award points or prizes to.
You can run as many races as you like!
- Instruction Sheet
- Printable numbers / start and finish lines / horse names & descriptions
- Hand drawn picture of an example of a horse to be made
Additional comments: Have more to say about your activity? Tell us here!
The Melbourne Cup is celebrated every year in my facility. We have a party where everyone gets dressed up and wears fancy hats. I designed this game to play on Melbourne Cup Day, but you could use it on other days too.