Going on a Picnic (3 Ways to Play)
This is a fun memory game and a great ice breaker or end-of-lesson filler.
1. The easiest way to play it is one student begins with the sentence, “We’re going on a picnic and I’m going to bring a basket.” The next student follows by saying, “We’re going on a picnic. I’m going to bring some potato salad and she’s going to bring a basket.” The third student says, “We’re going on a picnic. I’m going to bring marshmallows, she’s going to bring a basket and he’s going to bring some potato salad.” And so on…
2. An alternative is for the students to pick items in alphabetical order. For example, the first student says apple pie, the second student says a basket, the third student says cake and so on.
3. An even more difficult way is to use the game as a way of remembering names. Each student must say an item that begins with the same letter as their name. “Hi, my name is Brian and we’re going on a picnic. I’m going to bring a basket, John is going to bring juice, Sally is going to bring sandwiches, Tabatha is going to bring taffy and Pablo is going to bring a pie.”
(Variations can be “Going to an Island” or “Going to Mars” or “Going on a Vacation”. )