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When I think back to my childhood, the things I remember most vividly are the times we did things I loved that were in someway unusual or outdoors: picnics, camping, beach daycampfires, cooking breakfast on the open moors and lazy river days.
Times have obviously moved on a pace from then, but looking at my list , my most memorable experiences have all been simple and low-cost. It got me thinking – are we missing a trick here- thinking that we always have to provide something new, novel, exciting and costly?
Certainly for teenagers – it may be the time to get back to basics with a few ideas thrown in. Why not pack your teens up with a surprise picnic/party hamper and take them to an idyllic beach, park/spot for a couple of hours? Part of the excitement would be in opening the picnic/party hamper and viewing its contents. Apart from great food, birthday cake and drinks you could use your imagination and add:
- some cool ice breaker party games instructions
- a treasure/scavenger hunt
- a quiz about the party girl/boy
- party poppers, balloons etc.
- games stuff – bat, ball, soft ball, frisbee, cricket bat etc.
- And anything else that you can think of!
Then leave them to it for a couple of hours and arrange to pick them up at a set time. Always keep in phone contact in case of emergencies. This is all about giving them a memorable experience and a bit of independence for a short while.
There is a massive amount of trust involved here, so keep the party small and manageable and don’t forget to lay down a few guidelines too such as:
- No rubbish to be dropped
- Everything to be packed back into the bags at pick-up time
- Always stay together
- No wandering off
- Behave in a mature and responsible way
For more great icebreaker games to use with teenagers and young people take a look at our Youth, Party and Corporate Collections of Ice Breaker Games. Together they make an indispensible collection of icebreaker games and ideas that can be interchanged between the different ages. We frequently use our corporate games for our own kid’s parties!