Matchbox Nose Race | Outlearn Activity Guide

Get ready for a very different type of race, one which you will have to not only use your legs but your nose too. The aim of matchbox nose race is to compete against others in a unique way. This allows children to better understand their environment, their technique, and how to follow the rules of a game.


  • Matchboxes
  • Stopwatch
  • Measuring Tape
  • Blindfolds


Create a track, generally the size of a hall, or create the track size to your exact room measurements. If the hall is slightly to small or you want to add some fun then use the wall and the start is on the wall. If you are to extend even further then go along the wall too.

Players start with their hands on the floor and their nose on a matchbox, which is on the floor or on the wall. When you say go, they push the matchbox with their nose to the finish line. They are disqualified, if they touch the box with anything other than their nose.

Variations of this game could be that you have time trials, relays, or create a course and blindfold the players (only verbal commands can get that person to the finish line).

Safety Tips

Do a visual scan for any trip hazards on the floor. Space awareness—make sure that everyone doesn’t bump into each other.