Warmer weather? It’s time for a PICNIC!


How to entertain your children on a picnic? These ideas for fun, low-cost games will help:

Kick the Can: Remember this fun street game? All you need are a minimum of 2 children to form 2 teams and an old coffee can or a milk jug. Set up end goals behind each child (adjust the goal length to suit age and abilities) and…well…start kicking! Assign, say, 10 points per goal and play to 100.

Water Balloons: Hot day and no way to cool down? Play a game of water balloons! A bag of balloons can be purchased at any dollar store. Have the kids put on their bathing suits or other appropriate water wear, fill the balloons from an outside hose, and toss ‘em! (But please…not at each other.) Dropping balloons from a height will burst them effectively, but this may not be an option, especially with little ones. How about tossing the filled balloons towards a goal set up on a hard surface? The balloons must hit or exceed the goal, and must break, to win points. It’s like horseshoes, only wetter and wilder!

Frisbee Golf. Set up frisbee right there at the picnic site. You’ll need 2 receptacles of some kind – laundry baskets or trash cans work great (sans dirty clothes or trash, of course.) You’ll also need several frisbees and flags to mark the receptacles (think white napkin on a twig). The goal, like golf, is to toss the frisbee and make it land in the “hole” with as few attempts as possible.

Having fun with your family is easy when Dads find creative ways to keep little minds busy and work off the potato salad. No doubt, you can remember simple activities from your childhood, like making up silly songs, casting shadow puppets, or telling ghost stories…just dig into your memory to have fun.
Tip!  Don’t forget to take pictures of your picnic.  You’ll want to capture the good times.

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