I'm Going on a Picnic


Children take turns naming fruits and vegetables to follow the alphabet.

Suggested Book

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert


  1. Children sit in a circle and the leader explains that the group is going on a picnic and needs to pack a fruit or vegetable that begins with each letter in the alphabet.
  2. Begin by saying "I'm going on a picnic and I'm going to bring an (apple, avocado, apricot, etc)"
  3. The next person repeats the line as well as the foods already listed (see modification for young children) and adds a food from the next letter in the alphabet.
  4. The goal is for all children to pack some fruit or vegetable for the picnic. When a child can't remember something, the game ends and it's time to start packing again!

Extension Activities

  • Younger children may simply name a food for each letter in the alphabet, while older children can be challenged to remember and repeat each food listed.
  • Smaller programs may play this game with all ages together.
  • This game can be expanded to include health snacks and drinks; for instance, arts on a log or fruit-flavored water.