Game Ideas for 4th of July Picnic for Kids

by Erin Schreiner Google

For many Americans, there seems to be no better way to celebrate the birth of the nation than to throw a festive picnic at which guests can enjoy a variety of tasty edible treats. If arranging a gathering of this type for your next 4th of July celebration, plan some engaging activities for your younger picnic guests. By planning some fun games for your picnic partiers, you can ensure that boredom doesn't set in but instead that their time at your event is as fun-filled as you had hoped.

American Flag Puzzle

Challenge your kids with an American flag puzzle. Create your own puzzles to use for this activity by printing out large images of an American flag and clipping the images into pieces. Laminate each piece for durability. Divide your players into two teams. Either give each team a stack of puzzle pieces, or turn the activity into a relay by placing the puzzle pieces on one end of a field and having the team members take turns running to their team's piece pile the back again, bringing one piece at a time. If you opt for this option, require that each team collects all the pieces before they start putting the puzzle together. Reward the team that properly assembles the puzzle first.

Hidden Flag Hunt

Put a patriotic spin on the classic hiding-themed game by hiding several small plastic American flags around your picnic space. When your younger guests' interest in the event seems to be waning, tell them that you have hidden these flags and encourage them to hunt for them. Offer a prize to any child who can find one of these flags.

Balloon Pop Game

Make some noise at your event by arranging a balloon pop game. Type up the word America, leaving space between the letters so you can clip them apart. Make five copies of this word. Cut apart the letters and place each letter in a separate red, white or blue balloon. Blow up the balloons and store them in several trash bags. When game time arrives, tell the kids that they must work quickly to pop balloons and collect letters. Tell them that they are trying to spell out the word America, and that the first person who does gets a prize. Let the balloons go and watch the kids scramble after them, eager to best their peers.

Trivia Quiz

Instead of planning a game that puts your players to a physical test, challenge their minds with a trivia quiz. Write up some American history related questions that are appropriate for the average age of your players. For example, if you expect that most of the kids at your event will be early elementary age, compose simple questions such as "Who was the first present of the United States?" If they will likely be older, plan harder questions such as "Who wrote the Star Spangled Banner?" Create copies of these questions and distribute them to kids as they sit down to eat, giving them something to do while they enjoy their meals.

About the Author

Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.

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