How To Play I’m Going On A Picnic Game - Summer Camp Hub

How To Play I’m Going On A Picnic Game

The classic “I’m Going on a Picnic!” game is traditionally played using letters of the alphabet. It’s a great way to involve a big group of people and keep everyone listening and engaged. There is no equipment needed, and it can be played anywhere, as long as participants can communicate with one another. 

The point of the game is to use the letters of the alphabet to list things someone might take on a picnic. Not only that, but participants must remember what players before them listed in addition to coming up with their picnic items. With some of the alphabet letters, players need to get creative! The further along in the alphabet, the harder it can be to remember what everyone brought. The “winner” is the last player to repeat everything that each player brought to the picnic.

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How To Play I’m Going On A Picnic Game

Here are the basic steps to playing the game “I’m Going on a Picnic”:

  1. The leader should have all players sit or stand in a circle to hear and see each other to start the game. The number of participants is unlimited, but you need at least three people. Still, three people might be too easy, so the bigger the group the harder.
  1. For context, the leader can ask the group if they’ve ever been on a picnic. A short discussion of the types of items one might find at a picnic can help younger players think of ideas. The leader can also have the players recite the alphabet beforehand to give a quick reminder of the letters. 
  1. The leader starts the game by explaining the rules and then begins by saying, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing an apple!” 
  1. The game continues with the player to their left (or right), repeating the phrase and adding the letter B to the list. For example, they could say, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing an apple and a banana!”
  1. The addition of new items that begin with the subsequent letters continues until someone forgets what the people before them added to the picnic list. Listening and remembering are essential to “winning” the game! 


Here is another example of how the game can be played:

Player 1: “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing apricots.”

Player 2: “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing apricots and broccoli!”

Player 3: “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing apricots, broccoli, and carrots!”

Variations Of The Game

Some variations of this game are played using other categories. Players can play by only saying items that start with the letter of their name. For example, Brenda can bring broccoli, Derek can bring Doritos, etc. 

Another variation has players bringing items in the same color family. For example, the leader can start by saying, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing strawberries.” The next player would then bring something red, and so on. 

Many different categories can be used for different variations of the game, including:

  • Syllables
  • Rhyming words
  • Beginning or ending sounds

You can even change up the place where you’re going. Players can bring items to school, on vacation, etc. There are endless options to customize this fun game for your players!

For another alphabet game, check out the original alphabet game.