Picnic Activities

Ideas for picnic fun

Here are some game ideas to make your picnic more fun.

Potato Sack Race
Hula Hoop Games
Skipping Rope
Wet Sponge Race Relay
Relay Races
Tug of War
Three Legged Race (or more!)
Hide and Seek
Frisbee throwing
Ring Toss / Quoits
Tag and Frozen Tag
Simon Says
Egg and Spoon Race
Watermelon Eating Race
Duck, Duck Goose
Hackie Sack
Tunnel Ball
Red Rover
Musical chairs

Muffled Sounds

This game aims to highlight the impact of different levels of hearing loss.

You will need head phones/ear plugs/cotton balls placed over the child’s ear. (REMEMBER NO objects or materials in ears)

  • Ask a child 1 to stand approximately 1 metre away and say short sentences in a normal classroom voice
  • Ask the other children in the class to talk to each other in a normal classroom voice while child 1 is trying to listen to the sentences.
  • Ask child 2 if they could hear child 1 when the class returns to silence
  • Swap children


This game highlights the benefit/need of lip reading. (Especially relevant due to people wearing masks)

  • Teacher stands in different parts of the room such as in front of a window or a poorly lit area of the room,
  • Move to a well-lit part of the room.
  • Ask the children which positions make it easier to understand what is being said/taught.
  • Ask the children which positions can they see your facial expressions better.


This game highlights the need for clear communication.

  • Separate the class into 2 groups in straight lines.
  • The teacher will say a long sentence to the first child in each group.
  • Each child will repeat the sentence to the next child until it reaches the end of the line.
  • The last child will repeat what they think was the original sentence.
  • The teacher reads and shows the class the original message.
  • Discuss the difference between a message from the initial message of the teacher

How many people have a hearing loss

This game highlights the need to protect your hearing and the levels of hearing loss in Australia

  • Ask all the children to stand up (This game is based on 20 students)
  • Ask 2 to sit down (demonstrates that 1 in 10 Australian Primary Aged Children have a hearing Loss). Ask 4 to sit down (demonstrates that 2 in 10 Australian aged 15 and over have a hearing Loss)
  • Ask all children to sit down except 2 (demonstrates that 9 in 10 Australians over 50 have a hearing loss)

Marco Polo

 This game highlights how important hearing is.

  • Blind fold one child and ask the other children to stand still and say Marco Polo.
  • When the blindfolded child finds a person who is calling out Marco Polo the captured child needs to move to a safe place away from the blind folded child and sit down.
  •  The blind folded child continues to find children when they say Marco Polo until they have found the last child.
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