Picnic games in the garden, a park or on the beach can be a great way to unwind from the grind of everyday life and put aside our adult responsibilities for a while.
If you're planning a picnic party, you
know you're going to need entertainment in the form of a picnic game
idea or two. You can spend a heap of money taking children to an
amusement park, while, for a fraction of the cost, you can have as much fun having a picnic.
In this era of endless television, video games and computers, an outdoor meal is a welcome change for most of us and a few well thought-out activities can go a long way to making the event a huge success.
For large groups of children or young adults icebreaker games are a fun way of getting introduced to everyone.
Later you'll want to have some more quiet games on hand, to calm any hyperactive kids down, to play in the shade if it's very hot, or simply for the adults to relax with after eating, or while finishing off the last of the beer/wine!
The alphabet game
"Going On A Picnic" is a good way to calm down the children and young teens after a bout of activity.
Another is to draw portraits of each other on paper plates. This is fun for guests of any age and ability. According to Jean, a visitor to this site from the USA, this "is a blast".
I also strongly suggest downloading a hamper of printable picnic games.
You can print out a whole bundle of them, or choose individual ones to suit the picnickers. And it doesn't matter where in the world you live because you can pay with PayPal and then print them off yourself.
The hamper is downloadable in an instant and individually would cost a whopping $72.45. However, they are available together for $19.95 (around £13) - terrific value.
Another sedentary adult picnic game is Buzz, for which you need to try and remember your maths!
Example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Buzz, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Buzz, 15, 16, Buzz, 18, 19, 20, Buzz, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, Buzz, Buzz, 29, 30 etc.
This really makes your brain tick over, as you have to concentrate not only on what you’re going to say, but also on your friends so that you can get them out. It helps if someone in the party is really good at maths!
If you have enough people at your picnic you can also organise some racket games.
For teenagers and grown-ups a limbo game is fun and very entertaining. Find out how flexible everyone is!
Alternatively divide into teams or pairs for a scavenger hunt or a children's treasure hunt.
Depending on the number of guests, you can coordinate a variety of entertainment. You’ll need to consider the amount of space available and the sort of ground.
If, for example, you have a large expanse of grass in a park, you may want to organize picnic games of boules, croquet or lawn skittles so that everyone can join in.
Other enjoyable adult picnic games just involve using your creativity and perhaps a pencil and paper or a balloon or two:
Games such as Pass the Balloon can be hilarious. First split into teams.
Have a camera at the ready because, trust me, you’ll want to take photos!
Obviously the first team to get the balloon all the way along the team wins.
Then there is Frisbee Golf for which you need some wide open space, as well as Frisbees of course, and two or three towels and/or small tablecloths.
Place the towels far enough away that there is plenty of room to throw the Frisbee towards them.
The game can be played with any number of participants. The winner is the player with the lowest number of throws.
The rules are like those of standard golf:
Assassin is an amusing adult picnic game which can be running for the whole length of the picnic.
Cut up some card into business card sizes, one for each person at the picnic.
Mark one card with an A but leave all the other cards blank. Fold each card and put them into a container.