The Picnic Scramble Game

Materials Needed:

  • Objects for the scramble, like lollypops, peanuts, coins, wrapped candy, etc.
  • A paper bag for each contestant

The goal of the game is to pick up as many items as possible and place them into your bag. The game is over when all of the items have been picked up. The winner will be the child who has the most objects in their bag. The game can be played in two different ways. Create a “loot” line, parallel lines placed 30-40 feet apart. One line will be the starting point, and the other line is where the “loot” is located. Children will line up at the starting point, and upon direction for the adults, will race to the loot line to fill up their bags. Another version involves making two concentric circles instead of parallel lines. The children will stand in the outer circle, and upon the starting signal will run into the center circle where the objects are scattered. Make sure the items are scattered and not in a heap, ensuring everyone will get something for their bags. The circle scramble is a little more difficult that the parallel line form. The Scramble is a good game for both boys and girls, and if played as a mixed game, consider having a prize for the winning boy and the winning girl. Also, if your age ranges from children of 2 and 3 to 4 and 5, it may be a good idea to have different games, after all the abilities of a 4 or 5 year old are much different than those of a 2 or 3 year old. If you do not have separate games, consider giving the younger kids a handicap, like letting them stand 15 feet closer to the loot line. If younger kids are involved a parallel line scramble will also help to keep the little kids from getting stuck in the scramble that takes place with the circle scramble. Be sure to watch the kids carefully to make sure they are working individually, so no cheating occurs which can create hard feelings and ruin the game.