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Want something to liven up your next summer picnic? Grab a hunk of watermelon and you've got five different competitions from just one slice of melon! Challenge your friends to see who can stick the most seeds to a board, aim the best, or spit the farthest. Sure, it's a totally gross thing to do, but isn't that what summer is all about?
1. Slice up a good-sized watermelon (at least one slice per player) and display on a platter (adult supervision is advised).
2. Set up your challenge areas:
a. Sticky Zone: set up a box, board, or piece of cardboard so that it stands upright (an easily cleanable wall will also work). Draw a chalk line 3 to 5 feet back for "launching pad."
b. Distance Zone: set up a playing field marking the distance every foot (see our
d. Rapid Fire Zone: draw two lines about 5 feet apart, and set up a 1 minute timer.
e. Accuracy Zone #2: from a tree branch, clothes line, or jungle gym, hang the hula hoop and aluminum pie tins with rope or string. Make sure they are a good height for your players.
3. Give each player a big hunk of watermelon and let them work their way through the challenges.
1. Players compete at each station trying for the best score. Points are awarded thusly:
a. Sticky Zone: one at a time, players stand at the line and spit 5 seeds at the board. They get 1 point for each seed that sticks.
b. Distance Zone: have players stand at the launch line and spit 3 seeds. Record the distance of each seed.
c. Accuracy Zone: designate a point system for your bullseye. We suggest 5 points for inside the bowl, 3 points for the ring outside bowl, 1 point for outer ring. Have players shoot 3 seeds, and record their scores.
d. Rapid Fire Zone: have player stand at the line and spit as many seeds as they can in 1 minute. Only the seeds that go over the distance line count.
e. Accuracy Zone #2: have each player take 3 shots -- 1 point for going through the hula hoop, 2 points for hitting a pie plate. Record scores.
2. Players can play as many times as they want at each challenge, but only the best score from each will be tallied at the end.
3. Once everyone has had a chance to make their way through all the challenges, gather up your score sheets and tally all the scores. You can announce winners in each separate category and also an overall winner. Assign the greatest distance spitter 5 points, the 2nd gets 3 points, and the 3rd place distance gets 1 point.
Come up with your own contests. For example, a seed spitting dot-to-dot contest -- have everyone spit seeds at the board, and when it's done use a pen to connect the seed dots!
1. If you have the manpower, assign a leader to each station to make sure everyone is scored correctly.
2. Keep the games non-competitive by just playing for fun.
3. For the rapid fire zone, you will need a dustpan and broom to clear the area for each new player.