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Teddy Bear Picnic

You will need

  • A picnic lunch
  • A picnic blanket
  • A teddy bear (or two)
  • A good teddy bear book

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Pick your perfect picnic spot.
  2. Lay out the picnic blanket before everyone (teddy bears included) sit down.
  3. Read the teddy bear story to the children and bears.
  4. Share a picnic lunch with your favourite bears and eat teddy bear themed foods. Some good suggestions for your picnic include peanut butter and honey sandwiches, fruit, biscuits and bottled water or juice boxes. If you plan to be outside for a long time, avoid packing foods that could spoil.
  5. Tell the children it's the teddy bear's bedtime when it's time to wrap the picnic. It will help prevent tears and complaints and you can lay it on thick, asking the children to look after their tired teddies!
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Ring Toss

You will need

  •  Three rings per person
  •  A few cones. If you don’t have cones, you can also push sticks into the ground to create ring pegs.

No of players -

2-4

What to do

  1. Mark off the line behind which the players must stand to toss the rings. Dictate the points of each peg – the pegs harder to reach should be worth more points.
  2. Each player stands behind the line and tosses each of their three rings, aiming for the pegs.
  3. Take the rings off of the pegs so that the next player can take his turn. Each player tosses all three rings. The scores earned add to the previous turns' totals. Play continues until one player scores 100 points. The player to reach 100 point first wins the game.
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Skipping Stones

You will need

  • A handful of flat, smooth stones
  • A body of water

No of players -

any

What to do

  1. Hunt around for suitable stones. Only one side has to be flat, but the flatter and smoother it is the better.
  2. Form your throwing hand, with your thumb and pointer finger in the shape of the letter 'C'. Place the rock between those two fingers so it is resting on your other fingers below; make sure you have a firm grip.
  3. Plant your feet firmly apart on the land, making sure they are lined up in the direction you want to throw the rock.
  4. Then, like you are throwing a ball side-armed, lean forward, at the same time, bringing your arm forward across your body and letting go of the rock at the point your hand reaches where you want it to go.
  5. Make sure you throw it low, like you are trying to slide it across the water.
  6. The rock should skip across with relative ease. If it doesn't, try again. Practice makes perfect. And soon, with added oomph, you will be skipping fifteen, twenty times in a row!
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Dancing Bear

You will need

  • A tree
  • A rope

No of players -

2-10

What to do

  1. The one end of the rope to the tree.
  2. Select one person to be ‘The Bear’
  3. The Bear should hold the rope in one hand whilst players run around the tree within touching distance of The Bear
  4. With their free hand, the bear tries to touch other players. If touched, the player holds hands with the bear to help catch people.
  5. The last free player not to be caught is the winner.
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