At the blog Making a House a Home the author, Mrs. U has asked for ideas. I’m posting my ideas here so I don’t leave a humongous comment.
Activity: Ladies Fellowship
Place: Inside (which is the problem)
Decorations: In Mrs. U’s comment section there are lots of suggestions for baskets, fake ants, red-checked tablecloths, blankets on the floor, candles, mason jars, a red wagon, etc.
It would be great to set a couple real picnic baskets around the room or on the food table if you have access to any.
Food: Picnic food of course! There are food suggestion in her comments also. This is not my forte so I’m going to leave it at that.
Favors: Citronella candles from a Dollar Store, a fun plastic cup they could use and take home, some plastic ants for the little girls.
Prizes: anything picnic or outdoor related like a can of bug spray, an umbrella, a sun hat, etc. I have found that it works good to make the decorations be prizes. It serves two purposes and cuts down on clean-up and storage. If you do flowers in mason jars or something like that; they would be nice prizes.
- I like to include a Hymn or chorus before the speaker. It’s usually possible to find one related to the theme; if not related to the theme maybe to the devotion.
- How much does the Watermelon weigh? Kind of like “Guess the Candy in the Jar.”
- Some stores carry plastic Horseshoes for kids to play with. That could be turned into an inside game.
- It’s nice to have a paper game. You can make a matching game for about any theme. For this theme flowers or trees might work good. Just put the proper name on one side and a definition on the other. Wikipedia can be a great help with definitions. [Hint: when playing paper games ask them to tell you when they are done. Then if there is a tie the person that was done first is the winner.]
- Indoor Baseball: Divide everyone into 2 teams. Have 3 chairs set up for bases and a bat for the person “up” to hold. The “pitcher” will ask a Bible trivia question and the person up to bat must answer correctly to go sit on first base; if they answer incorrectly they are out. When I’ve done this I just play through each team and the one with the most points wins. If it’s a big group just play through half of the first team then switch to play half of the second team, etc. You can also have 3 levels of questions: an easy question for a single hit, a medium question for a double, and a hard question for a home run.
- Group Charades without any props can be fun and include all ages. Just write the things to be acted out on slips of paper and put them in a basket, hat, box, bag, etc. For a picnic theme you could do outdoor activities like badminton, volleyball, rowing, fishing, napping, biking, hiking, football, eating watermelon, etc. You will need two teams and each team will need to be divided in half; one half to act and one half to guess. The halves can take turns guessing and acting or not. Have a time limit for the acting; if the answer is not guessed in that time the team does not get a point. If you think that your group would rather draw instead switch it to pictionary. Use a chalkboard or white board and one person at a time pulls a slip from the basket and draws.
- Guess What: Have semi-large pictures of birds, trees, leaves, or flowers to hold up in front of the group one at a time. The first person to shout the correct answer scores one point for their team. A wrong answer subtracts a point.
- Door Prizes: work in any situation.
Well, those are my ideas. Hope they make sense. If not, feel free to ask.