Before starting the game, you’ll need to teach kids how to do the crab crawl.
First, have them sit on the ground. Then, have them put their hands behind them, palms down, with fingers facing their feet. Have them bring their knees about hip-length apart. Their feet should be planted on the ground.
Next, have them lift their bottoms from the hips and push up so their body weight is evenly distributed between their hands and feet. It helps if they can tighten their tummies.
From there, they can “scuttle” along, starting by moving one hand and one foot forward, then the other, trying to keep their bottom off the ground as they do.
Once the players are divided into teams and have mastered the crab walk, set the start and finish lines and have the kids race.
Variations: If the crab position is too difficult, kids can crawl sideways on their hands and knees instead. You can also get creative, especially with younger kids, by having them impersonate their favorite animal (think bunny hops or penguin waddles) for the race instead.