Melbourne Cup Horse Race Game

1st November

Melbourne Cup Horse Race Game

Categories: Activities Australia
Calendar: Melbourne-Cup

The Horse-Race game is a great way to spend the morning on Melbourne Cup Day!
This is a fun activity for the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.


Johnette 2nd Nov 2015
We play tis every Melbourne Cup Day!!! We usually have 2 or 4 tables and it is a real race to finish first.
Thanks Golden Carers!!!
Shirley 13th Oct 2015
We play this game with staff on hobby horses as the jockey's, we have two or three teams so each resident gets to throw the dice for their jockey. Winning team gets to eat my hat ( a hat covered with chocolates)
Each resident is also given a brightly coloured horse numbered 1 to 24 and that becomes their sweep ticket
Adrian 9th Sep 2014
We use a similar activity on Cup Day to kick off ou Funny Money Month. We have residents choose a number horse from 1-6 which they recieve a laminated number. We then have races in differtent ways. I'll explain below. The horse that wins wins it's punters some funny money for their account which at the end of the month which is full of many other activities where they can earn funny money we have an auction. Residents use bought items as Christmas presents. Anyway I digress.

The races are run in a few different ways which mixes it up and is good for groups.
1. Pair of Dice - 1 is the horse number the other is the ammount of spaces
2. 1Die - Die is for horse number if rolled that horse moves 1 space
3. 1 Die - 1 Coin - Die is horse number, if tails comes up it is 1 place. if it is heads it is 3 places.

I often come up with others and I don't remember them. But we all have a lot of fun.
heather 7th Jan 2014
I got each of my residents to colour in their horse. We drew a jockey on top of horse. They named their horse and their jockey. Coloured in their jockey silks. I as Diversional therapist waltzed around the track before race, parading horse and jockey and of course "owner", that being the resident. I gathered up lots of 1p coins to place bets. It's such a fun day.
Jodie 4th Jan 2014
We played this for Melbourne Cup and a fantastic day with the residents. We also modified it for Christmas and had reindeer races as well.
solange 11th Nov 2013
Hi Leanne, ingenious 'added-on' for the horse race. Thank you very much for sharing.
Domain 11th Nov 2013
Thank you for the idea of the game which we added our own slant to. We made the horse shoe track into a race track (as we have many players, both high and low care) and placed tokens on different squares, so when a player landed on that square , they read out a card which we also made. eg you have the best coloured silks, move forward one space or you dropped your crop, miss a turn. We threw in some funny ones as well for further enjoyment. We are lucky enough to have 26 soft toy horses, which we use for our sweeps, and each player had their own horse to move around the track. Great fun by all. Thanks.
Jessie 16th Oct 2012
Great idea. We shall try it in the garden with high tea and fancy hats. Thanks Jessie
Kellie-Anne 4th Nov 2010
I made this game for our resdients ...... residents and staff had a ball playing it lots of fun and laughter........wonderful idea thank you
cheers Kellie
Helen 3rd Nov 2010
We played this game on Melbourne Cup Day but had plastic felt covereed horses. They looked liked real horses, everyone gave them names and we ran heats and eventually had a cup final. Everone both in low and high care enjoed it immensley.
Pauline 29th Oct 2009
No problems, Solange.

I love this site and have found it so beneficial in my role as Lifestyle co-ordinator at my facility. I love the speed and easy of navigation.

Thanks for being there.
Solange 29th Oct 2009
Thank you for your comment. Excelent idea, simpler than my version, I
may use it in the future if you don't mind.
Pauline 29th Oct 2009
Love the concept and have developed similar. however, to start the game I use the dice roll to determine order of roll and do not play the throw a six to start. We also do not play extra roll on throwing a six.
This means everyone gets on the track faster and competion stays tight and no one is left sitting waiting to get going.

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