The alphabet game Going on a Picnic can help you out if the children have been running around playing energetic games and you think it’s time for them to wind down.
It's also a good game if the adults have been running after the kids and now they need a bit of breathing space!
You can play it in the car on the way to the picnic site too. It helps to stop the cry “Are we there yet?!” Of course it helps your children learn their ABC, so it’s useful in more ways than one.
You can play it with any number of people.
Have everyone sit in a circle (or stay where you are if you’re in a vehicle!).
Choose someone to start and this first player says, "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm taking an ___." (The player needs to say something that begins with the letter A).
For example, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an apple”.
The next player has to remember what the first player is taking and then say something with the letter B.
“I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an apple and a ball”.
The game continues with he next player and C:
“I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an apple, a ball and a camera”
Then something begining with D . . . .
"I'm going on a picnic and I'm taking an apple, a ball, a camera and the dog"
Then something begining with E . . .
"I'm going on a picnic and I'm taking an apple, a ball, a camera, the dog and some eggs"
Return to the first player when necessary . . .
. . . and so on, all the way through the alphabet.
I hope you enjoy this kids game as much as we do!