Picnics provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun and games. Here are some simple ideas that don’t need much equipment (I always find the picnic itself is enough to pack and carry).
1. Ball games (Football, catch),
2. Hide and seek,
3. Kites (if the weather allows),
4. Bug hunt: See how many insects and bugs you can find and name,
5. Water bottle skittles (Use your plastic drinks bottles as the skittles and try to knock these over with a ball),
6. Treasure hunt (see make 9 or hunt for a picnic treat),
7. Leaf/ stick picture: collect some nice leaves and sticks and use these to make a picture on the grass. Take a photo of it to take home,
8. Build a den (using sticks and the picnic blanket),
9. Whats the time Mr wolf: a playground classic which gives some counting practice too,
10. Kims game: Select 10 items from your bags (for example a coin, keys, sandwich, fruit etc) and place on the ground in a group, give children 1 minute to memorise these (younger children might need you to name and talk about each one in turn), then cover the items with the picnic blanket and see who can remember the most. If this is too easy/ difficult, you could increase/ decrease the number of items.
What are your family favourites?