|One of our friends from the museum came out to race with us!|
I also like to explain to the parents that, other than touching and exploring with the crabs, we can use them for one of my favorite activities; crab racing. Rumored to be the City of Boston's Next Big Thing, crab racing is a competitive, crustaceous, and irresistibly fun way to get kids involved with our Big Bucket O' Crabs.
The premise is simple; we draw a large circle, which acts as an arena, and draw an X in the middle. Everyone picks out a crab, and carries it over to the circle. At the same time, everyone places their crab on the X and steps back, and then the race begins!
Green crabs, despite their feisty nature, are often quite shy when placed in front of a crowd. Sometimes they need some gentle encouragement to help them become the racing champions we all know they are inside. Poking, prodding, and uplifting sentiments are encouraged!
Eventually, one of the crabs will have a Hercules-moment and realize the hero it is inside, and will start moving outwards towards the finish line. This is when the action happens! In most cases, the other crabs will then be incited to race, and will also head over to the finish line. With baited breath, we wait and see whose crab crosses the line first. The winner is usually paraded on a victory tour, where members of the audience get to have a meet-and-greet with our speedy champion.
You heard about Boston's next big trend here first, folks!