Picnic games

Introduction

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Picnics are great and not just because of the tasty food.

Add some fun to your picnic with these fantastic family games, a good way to get your 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Make sure you play these games on grass, so if you fall you won't hurt yourself too much!

Chain tag

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This game can be played with three or more people.

1 Start by choosing a player to be 'the chaser'.

2 With their eyes closed, the chaser counts to 10 while the others move away from them.

At '10' the chaser opens their eyes and begins running after the other players, trying to tag them.

3 When a player is tagged they must then hold hands with the chaser to make a chain.

Then they try to catch everyone else.

4 The game ends when all the players have been caught.

The last person to be caught becomes the new chaser.

Follow the leader

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This game can be played with three or more people.

1 Start by choosing one player to be 'the leader'.

The other players get in line, single file, behind the leader.

2 The leader begins by doing whatever they want - walking, skipping, hopping, running - and the other players have to copy what the leader is doing.

3 If any of the players makes a mistake or doesn't do what the leader is doing, they are out of the game.

4 The winner is the last player remaining.

They then become the new leader.

Three-legged race

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This game can be played with four or more people in teams of two.

You'll need a scarf or large tea towel for each team.

1 Players need to pair up with a partner, stand side by side, and put their arms around each other's waist.

The players' inside legs should be touching.

Tie the inside legs together so that each pair of players has three legs rather than four.

2 Mark up a start and a finish line with sticks or any objects you have to hand.

3 All the players need to line up behind the start line.

At the signal the pairs race towards the finish line.

The first pair to reach the finish line is the winner.

Bunny hop

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This game can be played with four people in teams of two.

You’ll need a ball or a balloon for each team.

1 Mark a start and a finish line with sticks or any objects you have to hand.

2 One player from each team stands behind the start line and one behind the finish line.

3 At the signal the players at the start line have to jump with a ball between their legs to the finish line.

4 When a player crosses the finish line, they have to pass the ball to the other team member without using their hands.

The next player has to hop back to the start line.

5 The first team to reach the start line wins.

Sack race

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This game can be played with two or more people.

You'll need a sack or a pillowcase for each player.

1 Mark up a start and a finish line with sticks or any objects you have to hand.

2 Each player has to place both legs inside their pillow case and line up behind the start line.

3 At the signal the players hop towards the finish line.

4 The first player to reach the finish line wins.

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